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Posted on: March 10, 2017

Restoration of Addison Mizner Memorial Fountain Named “Project of the Year”

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The Florida Chapter of the American Public Works Association recently recognized the Addison Mizner Memorial Fountain Restoration Project as its “Project of the Year” for their Historic Restoration/Preservation category.

The Town’s Centennial Commission picked the restoration of the fountain as their legacy project in 2011. Chairman and Town resident, Bill Bone, led the Commission’s efforts to raise over $1,000,000 to help fund the restoration of the fountain and other improvements to Memorial Park and Town Square. Many of the Town’s residents individually contributed to the Centennial Commission, as did organizations such as the Garden Club, Preservation Foundation, Civic Association, and other major Island institutions. The Town also received two grants of $350,000 each from the State of Florida’s Division of Historical Resources.

Mayor Gail L. Coniglio said “this is wonderful news for the residents of Palm Beach and a testament to the quality and importance of the work that was done to properly restore the beautiful Mizner Fountain for the next generation to enjoy.”

Designed by renowned architect Addison Mizner, the 1929 double-bowl, cast stone fountain was deteriorating and needed restoration and reconstruction. Scarred by corrosion from the tropical climate, harsh coastal conditions, and scouring from the fountain’s normal water flow, it needed more than a simple facelift. Portions of the fountain were completely worn away, especially artistic details on the four mythical horses of the sea, known as hippocamps. The Town wanted to conserve as much of the original fountain as possible - notably the majestic hippocamps. This was accomplished by a careful dismantling of the fountain, simultaneous restoration of the hippocamps in Ontario, Canada, reconstruction of other key elements of the fountain in Delray Beach, Florida, and onsite work to rebuild the lower basin in Palm Beach. fountain

The restoration team included Kimley-Horn, Burkhardt Construction, conservator Mark Rabinowitz with Conservation Solutions, Inc., Hedrick Brothers, Clifford Restoration, Premier Stoneworks, Bridges, Marsh & Associates, SMI Landscape Architecture, Wojcieszak and Associates, and Research Atlantica.

Photos courtesy of the Shiny Sheet
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