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Jesse C. Johnson Memorial Gateway (Johnson Gates)

Artist:

Guy Lowell

Location:

Back Bay Fens  

Location

Back Bay Fens
Westland Ave. Hemenway St
Boston, MA
United States
42° 20' 37.788" N, 71° 5' 23.8848" W

Neighborhood:

Fenway

Type:

Memorial fountain

Year:

1902

Medium:

Bronze and Granite

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Description:

 

Two tall square pylons serve as the Westland Avenue entrance to the Fenway, flanked by bronze lion heads that spout into the basin below. Erected at the bequest of Ellen Cheney Johnson as a memorial for her husband, Jesse C. Johnson, the monument was “a fountain for man and beast,” originally meant to serve as a horse-trough. An epidemic among draft animals in 1919 caused the city to shut off all public animal fountains and the gate became purely decorative, serving as the principle entrance to the Back Bay Fens. In 1980, an extensive restoration project supported by the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund returned the fountain to its working condition.

 

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