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                               City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 1983

In decades past, it was traditional to say to those whom you wished to connect with in the CNE grounds, “Meet me at the Fountain.” The fountain they were referring to was the Gooderham Fountain, constructed in 1907. It was a replica of one of the fountains in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. The above photograph was taken in 1913.


                                         City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item1469

The Gooderham Fountain remained a popular landmark at the CNE for many years. This photo from the Toronto Archives was taken in the 1920s.


                 This photo of the fountain was taken in 1956.


In 1958, the Gooderham Fountain was demolished. On the same site they erected the present-day Princess Margaret Fountain. HRH Princess Margaret officially opened the fountain in that year, on her visit to Canada. This photo was taken in 2011.

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