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Blakeview: Spanish Plaza


Another famous fountain in the city is at Spanish Plaza at the foot of Canal Street near The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. Spanish Plaza took more than a decade to construct. The project was begun in 1963 during Mayor Vic Schiro's administration and completed in 1978 during the term of Mayor Moon Landrieu, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's father. The April 12, 1978, dedication ceremony featured the Spanish ambassador to the U.S., who announced the plaza was "a gift from the government of Spain and a symbol of goodwill between the two countries." The $2.3 million cost was split between the governments of New Orleans and Spain. The location originally was known as Eads Plaza, in honor of James Buchanan Eads, an engineer who improved the navigability of the mouth of the Mississippi River. The fountain is surrounded by a circular bench with ceramic plaques bearing the coats of arms of the 52 Spanish provinces.

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