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  • Angell Memorial Fountain, Peabody & Stearns (1)
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  • Angell Memorial Fountain, Peabody & Stearns

Angell Memorial Fountain

Artist:

Peabody and Stearns

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Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Memorial fountain

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Medium:

Granite

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Description:

The Angell Memorial Fountain commemorates George Thorndike Angell (1823-1909) founder of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). The fountain, with its landmark flagstaff surmounted by a gilded copper eagle, was designed by Peabody and Sterns, one of the leading East Coast architectural firms at the turn of the century. Originally, the lion-head spouts at the flagstaff’s base filled basins with water for thirsty horses pulling wagons. As the use of horse-drawn vehicles waned, this fountain, like many others, came to be seen as a decorative object. In 1982, a second work was added nearby as a contemporary counterpoint to the dry fountain, and to mark the 125th anniversary of the MSPCA. The Creature Pond, created by a group of local artists, features life-sized bronze casts of water-loving flora and fauna.

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