Ask Chris: Simon Rodia’s Water Works


Q: Did Simon Rodia, the artist behind the Watts Towers, also build a fountain elsewhere? 

A:  Yes. In the late 1920s, the sculptor created a tile-covered cascade in a pool as the centerpiece of a 23-acre weekend retreat in Agoura Hills. From the 1970s until 2007, the site was a preschool and camp; sometime after that, the fountain disappeared. Its whereabouts are still unknown. Since then, Rodia’s relatives have unearthed other pieces from that period; interested parties can contact them through

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