Studebaker Fountain: A Gift Of Water And Light

This program explores the history of the Studebaker Fountain, its curious journey, and the remaking of the gift that symbolizes innovation and potential.
Original Airdate: August 25 @ 9pm
Re-air Airdates:
  • Thursday, December 26th, 8pm
  • Monday, December 30th, 10pm
  • January 13th, 12am (midnight of the 12th)

The Program

The public dedication and ribbon cutting is on October 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

Video of the restored fountain on display at night.


On July 21, 1906, J.M. Studebaker gifted the city of South Bend a 28 foot electric fountain which stood for 35 years. The fountain fell into disrepair and was dismantled in 1941. Original pieces of the Studebaker fountain resurfaced in 2009 when a local family donated the items to The History Museum.

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The Location and History

The fountain was originally located in Howard Park, South Bend's oldest park. Today it stands in Leeper Park, the city's only park designated as a historic landmark. The fountain's rebirth celebrates the Studebaker legacy as well as our history steeped in innovation.

Photo of the Studebaker fountain original in Howard Park in South Bend Photo of Howard Park