The blue all over the Mecom Fountain on Monday signaled the start of the now-fully-funded work to undo the damage to the 1960s monument caused by the quickly-backtracked application of limestone panels to its exterior earlier this spring. Also on the docket, as the panel damage gets fully repaired: another restoration, this one using architect Eugene Werlin’s original plans (which the fundraising group Friends of the Fountain says it found in a Houston parks department office).
The group says workers are using historically appropriate materials, including Cocoon brand liquid polymer coating (to be layered over the blue primer on the exterior) and Moon Dust plaster (to line the insides of the basins). Here’s a look at parts of the 1964 architectural drawings, which call for Cocoon in the notes:
The project organizers, who raised about $104,000 in total through both online crowdfunding and other channels, say they’ve also gotten ahold of the fountain’s original lettering and will re-apply it to the exterior:
- Mecom Fountain Restoration (Updated) [IndieGoGo]
- Previously on Swamplot: Friends of Mecom Fountain: 40,000 Yale St. Bridge Bricks Could Use Some Friends, Too; Private Group Now Trying to Crowdfund the Un-Restoration of the Mecom Fountain’s Basin Wall; Progress on Those Limestone Slabs Getting Screwed Onto the Mecom Fountain
Photos and drawings: Friends of the Fountain