A group called Friends of the Fountain has started an online campaign to raise $60,000 for reversing the recently-halted-after-all changes to the Mecom Fountain, at the roundabout confluence of Main St. and Montrose Blvd. near the entrance to Hermann Park. The group’s crowdfunding page says the money will be used to remove the limestone panels recently screwed around the concrete wall of the 1964 modernist fountain’s elliptical main basin, as well as to repair the concrete and to repaint. A member of Mayor Turner’s transition committee involved with the project also tells Swamplot this morning that around $25,000 of those funds will replace the grant money spent to add the panels in the first place.
As of this morning, the page had received about 5% of its $60,000 donation goal. The non-profit Houston Parks Board will hold the money for the work, which will be overseen by the city’s Historical Preservation Office.
- Be a Friend of the Fountain! [Generosity.com]
- Mayor shifts course, asks for halt to Mecom Fountain work [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: Progress on Those Limestone Slabs Getting Screwed Onto the Mecom Fountain
Photo of Mecom Fountain roundabout from north of the Sam Houston Monument: elnina