Restoration of the Historical Garden Fountain

Successfully funded

The mosaic fountain, located in the garden behind ESMT Berlin on Schlossplatz 1, is an excellent example of modernist art, inspired by works of masters like Miró, Kandinsky and Matisse. Built in 1964, the fountain was designed by Ortrud Lerch. The fountain’s vivid colors reflect those of Walter Womacka’s mosaic glass window, which stands opposite and overlooks the fountain. The fountain, as well as the garden and the building, are under a preservation order for cultural heritage. The garden is open to the public for viewing.

The fountain has suffered during the decades and the scale of damage is extensive. There are missing pieces of mosaic, broken structures, and vegetation growing through the broken surface. ESMT is collecting funds for the restoration of the historic garden fountain. The aim of the project is to restore the fountain to its former glory. The restoration work will last approximately 6 months and cost approximately € 350,000.

To make a donation via credit card or PayPal, please use the online tool below and in the sidebar. To make a donation via bank transfer, please reference the fountain project and send us your contact details for your receipt. All donors will receive a thank you letter and receipt, sent per email for donations of € 200 or less, and per post for donations of more than € 200. Your support is much appreciated.


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07. August 2015

💬Garden fountain in the press

Berliner Woche published an article on August 7, 2015 about the restoration project, with new pictures of the fountain.

23. July 2015

💬Garden fountain in the press

The Berliner Kurier published an article on July 23rd, 2015 about our ongoing restoration efforts, and famous visitors to the garden fountain.

17. April 2015

💬First corporate sponsor

The restoration project of the historical fountain celebrates its first corporate sponsor!

The John F. Kennedy Atlantic Forum has kindly contributed towards the restoration of the  mosaic fountain. This donation brings the restoration of the historic monument, which is preserved by a cultural heritage order, one step closer to completion.

27. March 2015

💬Garden fountain in the press

The historical garden fountain restoration project was mentioned in the article “Bei den CEOs von Morgen”, published by the newspaper Neues Deutschland on March 27th, 2015. Please find a downloadable PDF version here.

💬Donation box in the ESMT lobby

We invite you to donate to the ESMT’s first ever donation box, located in the lobby! Contributing your change is a new way to give to the ongoing historical garden fountain project. Your support brings us closer to raising the €350,000 needed for the six month restoration project. The fountain compliments the building and is preserved by cultural heritage order, but has extensive damage. With your generosity, we can bring it back to its original glory. You can visit the fountain in the garden behind ESMT at Schlossplatz 1.

26. February 2015

💬Garden fountain in the press

The newspaper Neues Deutschland published an article on the historical fountain in our garden and our project to restore it on February 25th, 2015. Please read the whole article here or find it in the sidebar on your right. 


💬Project launch

The fountain project was succesfully launched during the 50-year celebration of the Staatsratsgebäude on October 6th, 2014. The project went online on December 4th, 2014.