Saturday, April 01, 2000

Two-day fest will hail fountain




BY CLIFF RADEL
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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The Tyler Davidson Fountain remains covered.
(Ernest Coleman photo)
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        The wraps finally come off the Tyler Davidson Fountain at sunset on Saturday, May 6.

        Beginning at 8:10 p.m. and accompanied by fanfares and fireworks, the grand unveiling of the restored landmark caps the Fountain Restoration Celebration.

        The two-day festival, featuring music from home-grown groups such as Pure Prairie League and the Charles Fold Singers, commemorates the privately funded $3 million project to restore and preserve the city's most famous symbol, the fountain that stands in the heart of town and says “Cincinnati.”

        Charles Lindberg, the Cincinnati attorney in charge of the fountain's fund-raising campaign, will set the unveiling mechanism in motion on the night of May 6 with Mayor Charlie Luken and Gov. Bob Taft. Before the fountain shows off its new golden bronze glow and enhanced details, the three men will deliver speeches.

        “We'll keep it short,” Mr. Lindberg promised. “People want to see the fountain unveiled with the water flowing and the lights on. After all, it's their fountain.”

        Dedicated in 1871, the Tyler Davidson Fountain was a gift from merchant Henry Probasco to the people of Cincinnati. The bronze work of art is named after Mr. Probasco's brother-in-law and partner, Tyler Davidson.

        Restoration began Aug. 17, after an inspection revealed the city's symbol was cracked, crumbling and in danger of collapse. The fountain was dismantled and cleaned, its cracks repaired. The landmark's foundation, plumbing and light fixtures were replaced.

        The Fountain Restoration Celebration runs from 4 to 10 p.m. May 6 and noon to 6 p.m. May 7.

       



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