Sophie Loeb Fountain

Children playing in the Sophie Loeb Fountain

Sophie Loeb Fountain, located at the James Michael Levin Playground, is a water feature etched with characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland— including the disapproving Red Queen, the Cheshire Cat, and even befuddled Alice herself. The fountain commemorates Sophie Loeb, a writer and social activist in the early 20th century whose tireless work for orphans, destitute mothers, and immigrants earned her the name “the godmother of American children.”

Originally a drinking fountain, the sculpture stood once outside Heckscher Playground. In 1987 it was moved by the Conservancy to the Levin Playground and refitted as the center of a water feature where children can play.

Walk south to see a nearby statue along the same motif: the Alice in Wonderland statue at Conservatory Water.


East Side at 77th Street

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