The Appleton Post-Crescent has posted the first photo of the new fountain that fronts the nearly finished Houdini Plaza in Appleton, Wisconsin. Construction started on January 22. Jennifer Stephany, executive director of Appleton Downtown Inc., tells the news site:
"It's an exciting for us and to watch the renovation of Houdini Plaza from Day 1 to where we are today has been really exciting for the entire downtown. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate with us all that well in the early part of the year, so we are a little behind. The construction crews and contractors are all working very hard to catch up.
We’re probably looking at about a 15-day delay at this point, so that’s going to adjust a few of our events. Our hope is July 3, that we are up and running for a great concert with RPM in the plaza."
Houdini Plaza is located at the corner of College Avenue and Appleton Street and is said to be the site of Houdini's boyhood home. More information on the project can be found at appletondowntown.org.
By the way, it was exactly 28 years ago today that the original Houdini Plaza was dedicated on Saturday, May 25, 1985.