Bob and Vivian Smith Fountain in Downtown Houston
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Downtown Houston Fountain
Driving or walking through downtown Houston, Texas there is a large fountain with three tiers. It is near the old Enron Building. Do you remember the Enron fiasco? Thousands of people lost much of their life savings, and many lost their jobs. But I digress!
This beautiful Bob and Vivian Smith Fountain is located off of one of the main downtown streets. It is at the intersection of Clay. The address is 1400 Smith Street, Houston, Texas 77002.
The fountain is on a piece of land that is irregularly shaped. Benches are situated around it. People can rest or even get out of the nearby towering buildings to enjoy a bite of lunch if they secure the spaces before others get there first.
Listening to the cascading water, looking at the reflections in the adjacent glass-faced buildings, listening to the birds and just everyday people watching would all add to the ambiance of spending time there for a while.
The fountain honors this couple who formed a nonprofit foundation bearing their name. The purpose of their foundation was primarily to encourage philanthropy, voluntarism and grant making.
According to the Texas State Historical Association, Robert Everett Smith (Bob) was an interesting fellow. He had wide-ranging interests and ended up being an extremely wealthy oilman.
He started his life in Texas ultimately owning a considerable part of Houston real estate. Mr. Smith amassed approximately half a billion dollars. Interested in his community of Houston and the surrounding area he became a prominent civic leader. Mr. Smith died in 1973.
His wife Vivian has her own Vivian L. Smith Foundation. She is interested in neurological research among other things.
It is so lovely when wealthy people give back to their community as these two individuals have. I hope that you have enjoyed learning a little bit about them as well as viewing the beautiful Houston fountain bearing their names.
The video below shows some of the downtown Houston fountains. The 2nd one is the Bob & Vivian Smith Fountain.