Preservation group honors fountain restoration project

Shippensburg University’s restoration of the Old Main fountain has earned a 2013 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award from Preservation Pennsylvania. 

According to a news release from the group announcing the award, the awards have been presented since 1979 to honor individuals and organizations that exhibited excellence in the field of historic preservation. 

Mindy Crawford, executive director of Preservation Pennsylvania, said the selection committee “was very impressed by both the commitment of the University to do the job well and in a way that meets the Secretary of the Interior’s standards. The very serious approach to awardlogoresearching materials and original colors stood out as significant. The committee appreciated that the University recognized the significance of the fountain in history and worked the parameters of funding and still achieved the goal.” 

The fountain is probably the most photographed location on campus and has served as a favorite landmark for tens of thousands of students and alumni. Dedicated in 1896 and a gift from the graduating class that year, the fountain has undergone regular painting and maintenance since it installation.  

It was completely restored in a project that began in January 2012 in which the fountain was disassembled and a new basin and support structure built. The molded cast-iron fountain features an intricate relief that continues around the basin.  

Kreilick Conservation LLC of Orland, Pa. took the lead on the restoration in partnership with Robinson Iron of Alabama and Outerspaces, a Pennsylvania-based landscaping architectural firm.  

The fountain was rededicated June 2, 2012 during the university’s annual Alumni Days.