Here’s a late-afternoon look at the limestone slabs that have been working their way around the concrete oval basin of the Mecom Fountain in the last week, which the Texas Historical Commission is hoping that TXDoT and the city will stop applying for the moment, according to the Chronicle’s Lisa Gray. Commissioner Linda Henderson told Gray that the organization approved work to redo the north entrance to Hermann Park without realizing that the updates included work on the fountain itself (which is currently being looked at for potential inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, and for city protected landmark status).
Meanwhile, the city planning department has been receiving complaints about the work that include phrases like “suburban mall,” Margaret Wallace tells the Chronicle. As of yesterday evening, the panels had already marched around both ends of the ellipse, with a gap remaining on the southwest side:
“Updates” to the 1964 fountain are part of the work to develop a Grand Gateway leading into the park from the north. The landscaped strip was originally planned between the fountain’s not-quite-round-about and the Sam Houston statue to the south, now split up by Fannin and San Jacinto. The fountain was commissioned by oilman John Mecom to help pretty up the entrance to his newly-acquired Warwick Hotel (now Hotel Zaza), replacing a sunken garden that was part of the park’s early development.
- How sacred is Mecom Fountain? [Houston Chronicle]
- Grand Gateway [Hermann Park Conservancy]
- Previously on Swamplot: Mecom Fountain: Nighttime Photo Opportunities Return
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