An 18-foot tall cast iron fountain that is the centerpiece of the multi-million dollar Streetscape Project drew a crowd as it was installed Monday morning in downtown Warren.
The fountain, made by noted cast iron fabricating company Robinson Iron of Alabama, arrived in town via a flatbed truck Monday morning. It was designed to showcase the local heritage themes of outdoor recreation and wildlife.
“It has arrived and it is oh so much more beautiful than I anticipated,” said GRO-Warren executive director Chris Cheronis. These guys did a wonderful job. (Robinson Iron) have quite a name for themselves. We are very fortunate to have them.”
Several representatives from Robinson Iron were in town to oversee the installation, Cheronis said. The crowd watching the installation at the point of Second Ave. and Pennsylvania Ave. included the mayor of Meadville.
Robinson Iron is restoring a fountain built in the 1800s in Meadville.
Monday’s installation process was briefly halted as workers needed to enlarge the holes for the bolts used to secure the fountain to its base. Otherwise, Cheronis said, the installation went off without a hitch.
“The big part is over now,” Cheronis said. “The fountain has been installed. Now they can finish the concrete, brickwork and electrical work.”
The fountain and its surrounding plaza were sponsored by Northwest Savings. A stone medallion honoring the company for its donation was place in the plaza on Monday.
When will the fountain be up and running?
That remains to be seen, Cheronis said.
“We are going to discuss that,” Cheronis said. “Because it’s late in the year, I don’t know if we will actually get it running full force until the spring.”
Times Observer photo by Dean Wells and Brian Ferry
Fountain in place
Workers moved the Streetscape project’s fountain located at the intersection of Second Ave. and Pennsylvania Ave. into place Monday morning using a crane. The 18-foot tall fountain was installed in sections and work was completed by Monday afternoon.