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Bob and Vivian Smith Fountain in Downtown Houston

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Bob and Vivian Smith Fountain in downtown Houston

Bob and Vivian Smith Fountain in downtown Houston

Downtown Houston Fountain

Driving or walking through downtown Houston, Texas, there is a large fountain with three tiers. It is near the old Enron Building. Do you remember the Enron fiasco? Thousands of people lost much of their life savings, and many lost their jobs. But I digress!

This beautiful Bob and Vivian Smith Fountain is located off of one of the main downtown streets. It is at the intersection of Clay. The address is 1400 Smith Street, Houston, Texas 77002.

Bob and Vivian Smith Fountain in downtown Houston

Bob and Vivian Smith Fountain in downtown Houston

Ambiance of Spending Time There

The Bob and Vivian Smith fountain is on a piece of land that is irregularly shaped. Benches are placed around it. People can rest or even get out of the nearby towering buildings to enjoy a bite of lunch if they secure the spaces before others get there first.

Some perks of spending some time there include the following:

  • Listening to the cascading water,
  • Looking at the reflections in the adjacent glass-faced buildings,
  • Listening to the birds, and
  • Just everyday people watching would all add to the ambiance of spending time there for a while.
Bob and Vivian Smith Fountain in downtown Houston

Bob and Vivian Smith Fountain in downtown Houston

Honoring the Philanthropists

The fountain honors the name of Bob and Vivian Smith. They formed a nonprofit foundation bearing their name. The purpose of their foundation is primarily to encourage philanthropy, voluntarism, and grant-making.

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

— Albert Pike

Bob and Vivian Smith Fountain in downtown Houston

Bob and Vivian Smith Fountain in downtown Houston

Robert Everett Smith and Vivian Smith

According to the Texas State Historical Association, Robert Everett Smith (Bob) was an interesting fellow. He had wide-ranging interests and ended up being an extremely wealthy oilman.

He started his life in Texas, ultimately owning a considerable part of Houston's real estate. Mr. Smith amassed approximately half a billion dollars. Interested in his community of Houston and the surrounding area, he became a prominent civic leader. Mr. Smith died in 1973.

Bob's wife Vivian has her own Vivian L. Smith Foundation. She is interested in neurological research among other things.

“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.”

— Albert Einstein

Bob and Vivian Smith Fountain in downtown Houston

Bob and Vivian Smith Fountain in downtown Houston

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."

— Charles Dickens


It is so lovely when wealthy people give back to their community as these two individuals have. I hope that you have enjoyed learning a little bit about them as well as viewing the beautiful Houston fountain bearing their names.

The video below shows some of the downtown Houston fountains. The second one is the Bob and Vivian Smith Fountain.




This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 29, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

The quote by Charles Dickens teaches a good lesson. I am glad you enjoyed learning about this fountain in downtown Houston. It is a beauty!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 28, 2020:

It is a beautiful fountain and it's good to learn that people can come and sit by it to enjoy it. I love all the quotes in this article but the one that most appeals to me is by Charles Dickens.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Chevron Texaco Corporation bought the Enron building in a bankruptcy filing. Chevron employees now work in its environs, so the beautiful fountain now has different employees that can enjoy it as they go back and forth from work.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 09, 2020:

The fountain is beautiful and it’s too bad that it’s located so close to the Enron building. Maybe it brought a newly penniless person destroyed by that company a moment of peace and rest before they went home.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2020:

Hi Ann,

I agree that water features can be so soothing and therapeutic. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 16, 2020:

Lovely fountain. It's so restful to find water features in the middle of a busy city. Water soothes, its sound and its movement are so therapeutic. Great to have such philanthropists and, as ever, I like the quotes that you include too.


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

So sorry that your friend lost money in the Enron fiasco. So many people did! It is great when people like Bob and Vivian Smith give back to help the community.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 15, 2020:

The fountain is beautiful and the history surrounding it is interesting. I remember the Enron fiasco. I had a friend who lost money. I do admire wealthy people who give to the community, and I loved the quotes you selected.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2020:

Hi Liz,

Bill Gates and his wife do give so much money to worthy causes around the world. It is fantastic when people share their wealth in manners like that.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 15, 2020:

This is a lovely idea. There's always something fascinating about fountains. It's a great way of remembering people who gave so much back to the community. In the UK, we have been impressed by Bill Gates and the philanthropic work he does with his wife. I recently heard an interview in which he spoke a lot of sense.

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