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Do you know who made the blue tile on the William Mulholland Memorial Fountain?

Photograph courtesy flickr/ClintonSteeds

Dedicated in 1940, the moderne memorial to the man who brought water to Los Angeles sits about a mile from the site of legendary tile manfacturer Gladding, McBean. Its coveted Franciscan tile once lined the fountain, which makes lavish use of water and power with a 50-foot column of rainbow-lighted liquid. By the 1990s, the tiles had deteriorated to such a point that they needed to be replaced with replicas from Heath Ceramics in Sausalito. Today Heath has a showroom on Beverly Boulevard; the original Gladding, McBean factory is a Costco.