The Holzmarktbrunnen (also: Oscar Winter Fountain) in front of today's Leibnizhaus am Holzmarkt in Hanover is a listed building of various artists.
A few meters in front of the Holzmarktbrunnen an old well was discovered by chance at the Holzmarkt: In connection with the new construction of the façade of the Leibnizhaus, the Holzmarkt-Platz was redesigned and paved. It remained in October 1983, a truck surprisingly stuck in the ground. It turned out that the truck was slung over an underground well shaft, "which was carefully made of carved sandstone." However, since the paving work had to continue quickly, "the interested professionals had no choice but to take photos". A closer examination was omitted due to time constraints - the shaft was "temporarily" covered again. Today, a circular arrangement of paving stones marks the site of the covered and unexplored well shaft.
The Hannover-based company Oscar Winter, Eisenwarengroßhandlung planned on the occasion of its centennial anniversary the foundation of a - promotional - well. After the buildings of the gold- and silver-making factory Hausmann at Burgstraße 42 / Ecke Pferdestraße had been acquired (today the location of the Historisches Museum Hannover), the fountain was to advertise the company's (forge) iron goods directly in front of the headquarters.
The owners Oscar Winter and Wilhelm Meier  therefore paid for the following artists:
the sculptor Karl Gundelach, who created the model with the features of Oscar Winter as a blacksmith, who scrutinizing the Mercury staff as a symbol of commerce;
the architect Otto Lüer, according to whose plans the well construction was built;
G. Wilhelm and W. Lind, who supplied the copper-driven well dishes;
Conrad Geschwind, who contributed more figurative parts, as well
H. W. Wittenberg, who made the blacksmith work.
In 1896 the ornamental fountain was handed over to the public in its first edition. In 1899, such a serious wagon accident occurred, so that 1899/1900 and later 1914 additions were necessary. It was only later that the ornate wrought-iron grates were added to protect the delicate copper pools.
During the Second World War, the figure of the blacksmith had to be delivered in 1941 for the "collection of material" for the production of important war goods.
October 25, 2016
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