Lippitt Park Fountain Lecture

(5.18) The history of the Anthony Fountain in Lippitt Park will be the subject of a lecture this Friday in the second installment of the Providence Preservation Society’s Spring Lecture Series on the WPA.

Landscape architects Colgate Searle and Taber Caton will discuss the history of the Henry Bowen Anthony Fountain at Lippitt Park. Understanding the original structure of the fountain and its underlying geology was critical to the restoration of this unique moderne fountain. The presenters will show participants the original fountain and park plans as well as the discuss the challenges of bringing it back to life.

The PPS reminds us that nearly a century later we are still the beneficiaries of these beautiful and durable WPA projects.

Works Progress Administration activity, which peaked 80 years ago, touched nearly every community in the United States. A wide variety of public works projects created jobs for the unemployed in the aftermath of the Great Depression. This May during Preservation Month, PPS will host a lecture series focusing on WPA projects in Providence, from from art and architecture to parks and infrastructure. Join us to learn about the WPA legacy in Providence that is often “hidden in plain sight.”

Tickets are free for PPS members and $10 for non-members. Go here for more info.

Lecture, 5:30pm to 7pm, Friday, May 18, Lippitt Park, 1015 Hope Street, (directions)

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