riginally, this fountain had its place on the corn-market square (market place) and was therefore
called corn-market fountain. In 1530, high water damaged St. Christopher who could be admired on
the top of the fountain. Sixteen years later, Hans Tobell was asked to give the fountain a new
design. Thus, St. Christopher was replaced by a statue of Herman Sevogel, who was the most famous
hero of the battle of St. Jakob.
When the river Birsig was covered at the market place, the fountain had to be removed as well.
A few years later, in 1899, a new place was found for the ancient corn-market fountain
on the Martin's place, after the construction of the state archives.
In 1987, the Sevogel fountain was renovated.