Luxe Life: The Plaza Hotel

by James Gaddy

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  • Pulitzer Fountain
    The fountain immortalized by F. Scott Fitzgerald's impromptu swim (he also set scenes from The Great Gatsby at The Plaza), located between Fifth Avenue and the hotel entrance, largely contributes to The Plaza's cachet. Created with money donated by (and specific instructions from) Joseph Pulitzer after he died, the fountain is part of Grand Army Plaza, which was designed by Thomas Hastings, who also built such Fifth Avenue icons as the New York Public Library (with architecture firm partner John Merven Carrère) and the Henry Frick mansion. The bronze statue in the fountain—of Pomona, the goddess of abundance—was designed by sculptor Karl Bitter and was the last work he created before his death in 1915.

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