Ded­i­ca­tion set for re­stored foun­tain

Event set for 4 p.m. Sept. 24 in Marshall Square Park

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael P. Rel­la­han mrel­la­han@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Ch­escoCourtNews on Twit­ter

The Marshall Square Park foun­tain, in West Ch­ester’s north end, will gush to life later this month.

WEST CH­ESTER>> A cen­tu­ry­old land­mark in the bor­ough’s north end will gush to life later this month, as the Marshall Square Park foun­tain will be reded­i­cated.

The Friends of Marshall Square Park, a West Ch­ester com­mu­nity group, will hold a for­mal cer­e­mony to memo­ri­al­ize not only the foun­tain, erected in 1889, but also to honor the mem­ory of bor­ough de­vel­oper Jack Loew.

The foun­tain has been re­stored to work­ing or­der and stands once again at the cor­ner of East Marshall and North Franklin streets. The foun­tain will be named the “Jack R. Loew Me­mo­rial Foun­tain” in honor of the well-known West Ch­ester de­vel­oper. His wi­dow, Pa­tri­cia Bur­ton Loew, prin­ci­ple bene­fac­tor for the restora­tion of the foun­tain, will be present for the cer­e­mony.

The ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony, sched­uled for 4 p.m. Sept. 24, in­cludes an in­tro­duc­tion by Jeff Bei­tel, pres­i­dent of the friends’ group, and a his­tory of the foun­tain by Vice Pres­i­dent Jim Sal­vas. The story of the re­cov­ery and restora­tion process by will be told by the group’s Foun­tain Com­mit­tee chair­woman, Anne Wal­ters. West Ch­ester Mayor Carolyn Comitta will ac­cept the re­stored foun­tain on be­half of the bor­ough.

In­stalled in 1889 at the op­po­site cor­ner to the Civil War mon­u­ment, the fivetiered foun­tain quickly be­came a hub of com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease by the friends’ group. By the 1950s, the re­moval of most of this great foun­tain left be­hind only its basin and low­est tier. The up­per

por­tions were later found and saved from de­struc­tion by pri­vate own­ers who

in­stalled them at an East Brad­ford farm. The Friends of Marshall Square Park re­cov­ered these sec­tions in 2012, drew up plans for full restora­tion, and set about rais­ing the needed funds.

Ac­cord­ing to Bei­tel, “Our goal has been to cre­ate a wel­com­ing space and gate­way for our town.”

Wal­ters ac­knowl­edged that although the foun­tain is re­stored, in­stalled, and in full work­ing or­der, more

money is needed to com­plete the foun­tain’s sur­round­ings.

At a nearby pri­vate res­i­dence, a mem­bers-only fundrais­ing party will fol­low the ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony. De­tails about be­com­ing a mem­ber, about the fundrais­ing party, and other donor op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able at mar­shall­squarepark.org.

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The Friends of Marshall Square Park, a West Ch­ester com­mu­nity group, will hold a for­mal cer­e­mony to memo­ri­al­ize not only the foun­tain, erected in 1889, but also to honor the mem­ory of bor­ough de­vel­oper Jack Loew.

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