The first phase of our plan called for the restoration of the fountain, as it is the Park's most imperiled fixture. Originally cast in Paris in 1870 and installed in 1871, the fountain is one of only three such fountains known to have come to America. Our "Fountain Basin and Plumbing Reconstruction Plan," prepared by Portland-based Mohr & Seredin Landscape Architects, defines the reconstruction and restoration process of the fountain's stone pedestal and its surrounding granite basin to their original specifications, and details upgrades to the fountain's plumbing to modern energy- and water-efficient standards.
The cast iron fountain was rebuilt and preserved according to our "Cast Iron Conservation and Restoration Plan," by internationally-known Sculpture Conservator Jonathan Taggart of Georgetown, Maine. Completing this plan conserves the fountain for generations to come. It should also be noted that through the efforts of Jonathan we were able to locate a replacement for the top spire, the crowning glory for the fountain, which has been missing for far too long.
The next phase calls for the restoration of the cast iron fence, pillars, and gates, which were forged by the original Portland Company in 1866. The City has released $400,000 in CIP funds for this project, with work expected to begin soon.
Also, a new campaign is now under way to put twenty-three new “World’s Fair” six-foot cast iron benches in the Park. The Friends of Lincoln Park have purchased thirteen of these benches so far, and we are looking for generous donors to sponsor each bench with their own personalized dedication. We are asking donors for $5,000 to dedicate each bench with a brass plaque engraved with their personal inscription. If you or someone you know would like to know more about dedicating a Lincoln Park bench, please contact us for details.
Additionally, we are applying for further grants to help us fund the planting of new trees and flower beds. Many more restoration projects in the park await us in the future!
Friends of Lincoln Park • 168 York Street • Portland, Maine, 04101