THE WEIDENMANN PROJECT (Includes monuments 8-11)
In 1884, a committee appointed by Governor Buren R. Sherman chose architect John Weidenmann of New York City to design plans for improving the state capitol grounds. The plans were set aside while work on the capitol continued. Six years later, the actual project began and it was completed in 1892.
Originally designed to be a lion's head, this bronze buffalo head was determined more appropriate to Iowa's prairie environment. The fountain was made for drinking--for horses as well as humans. Alexander Doyle, designer of the Great Seal tablet, designed this fountain as well, for $500.