Jesse Polhemus, from Langham Road, has stepped forward to champion the long-dry Henry Bowen Anthony fountain, a lovely Art Deco structure given to the city in 1940. Jesse has formed a committee to explore the methods and costs of restoration and to raise private pledges toward the cost.
Residents generally recall water last flowing from the lips of the four nymphs about 20 years ago. Since then, the fountain has suffered on occasion from litter, grafitti and vandalism. Our cash-strapped city’s Parks Department lacks the resources to restore the fountain’s former glory… but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.  Summit Neighborhood Association has adopted Jesse’s initiative. He has a pledge of pro-bono technical support from a major construction firm.

Councilman Kevin Jackson has arranged a meeting for Jesse and other neighbors with Parks Director Alix Ogden for Wednesday, Feb 20 to learn what the city already knows about possible restoration.

Learn more about Jesse’s project at the Save the Fountain blog:

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David Brussat · February 20, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Jesse & Jon – It is Nelson W. Aldrich not Henry B. Anthony who, as senator from Rhode Island, was known as “the general manager of the United States.” Just want to clear that up before anyone repeats my mixup!

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