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The Franklin Square Fountain (est. in 1838) is located in Philadelphia, PA. It was established a year following Philadelphia City Council's resolution calling for a fountain of “grand dimensions.” It is the oldest refurbished and functioning public water fountain in the United States, and is the longest-surviving fountain in William Penn’s original five squares. In 2006, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. restored the fountain for the first time in 30 years, renovating the vintage marble and surrounding wrought iron fence. To this day, the historic fountain is a highlight of the Franklin Square experience alongside the modern attractions, special events, and public green space. The fountain has been the centerpiece of the public park for 180 years. While the city and surrounding neighborhoods have changed and developed, the signature fountain hearkens back to the 19th century and remains a favorite gathering place in Philadelphia. The official address is 200 North 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106.