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SALT LAKE CITY – For most people, backyard water feature brings up the image of a swimming pool – especially when a home’s design evokes Southern California and the Mediterranean.

When the new owner of one historic local home chose to return it to its previous glory, however, the pièce de résistance for the landscape portion of the job turned out to be only 14” deep.

200 fountain 6Click photo to enlargeTwo scupper basins carved from Wisconsin dolomitic limestone spill their wares into a reflecting pool, with jet sprays along the coping and a custom mosaic lining echoing a new mosaic installed in an existing arcade.

Or, as one of the principals involved in the project observes, “It goes way beyond the landscape client who asks, ‘What can I get for $100?’”


The fountain proved to be a labor of love for its designers, Garr Campbell and Todd Price of Salt Lake City-based Garr Campbell & Associates, Landscape Architects and Design Consultants.

Campbell explains that his work on the job came from a connection with a New York-based decorator firm he’s collaborated with previously.

“We had done another project here in Salt Lake,” he explains. “When the clients visited that property, they decided to hire both the decorator and my firm to design and oversee the project’s construction.”

Campbell’s firm also provided architectural design services for the restoration of the house, which he says was in definite need of help.

“The house was built in 1926 and had gone through several remodels, none of them successful,” he says. “It was badly in need of extensive repair and modern upgrades. Additionally, it was also restored to its original simplicity, (and) stripped of all the sad design gimmicks employed over the years.”

Campbell describes the house as being in the Spanish/Moorish style. Designed by Georges Cannon, a noted Salt Lake City and Southern California architect who built many high-end homes in both locales between the 1920s and the 1950s, the residence is unique for its setting.

A large home on a small lot, the backyard features a rear garden courtyard rather than the more typical 1920s clothesline and vegetable garden.

Campbell, who worked for many years in the Middle East, explains that the courtyard or outdoor room is very common in Moorish homes, as is the presence of running water for irrigation, ambiance and aesthetics.