The often-photographed Elk Fountain was designed and made by J.W. Fiske of New York City. The eight drinking posts surrounding the elongated octagonal basin were each 4-feet 2-inches high. The basin itself measured nearly 12 by 15 feet. Supporting the elk was a base of iron, painted black. At each end was a lion’s head which carried overflow from the filtering arrangement. The elk, described as standing in a defiant attitude, was painted in “the natural colors of the animal”.