At last, a fountain is back on Fountain Mall
Thanks to a generous Baylor graduate, Fountain Mall finally has its fountain back.
The Rosenbalm Fountain (pictured above) was dedicated at Homecoming last month. Despite the heavy rains of late, skies above Waco cleared just long enough for Dr. Thomas Rosenbalm, BS ’50, MS ’51, to get to see his fountain in action before the dedication ceremony moved indoors to the McMullen Faculty Center. Dr. Rosenbalm’s $8 million gift to Baylor led the way in creating the fountain (named in honor of his parents) and a new-look Fifth Street.
The Rosenbalm Fountain is the most prominent part of a Fifth Street renovation that turned the long-closed-off street into a walkable plaza from the SUB down to Burleson Quadrangle. (The plaza is designed for pedestrians, though it can still be driven on by emergency vehicles and Homecoming parade floats.)
Next time you visit campus, make sure to check it all out. FYI, the fountain bubbles quietly during most of the day, but lights up green from 5-10 p.m.; it also shoots roughly 30 feet into the air (like in the picture above) on odd-numbered hours.
Sic ’em, Dr. Rosenbalm!
You might also like:
* A field guide to Baylor fountains, past and present (June 2015)
* Construction begins on Fifth Street renovation — including new fountain on Fountain Mall (April 2015)
* A fountain back on Fountain Mall? Major Fifth Street update coming (July 2014)