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The couple was childless, and lived on Sargent Avenue near Central Park prior to her death. On January 23, 1909, Emily passed away in Rochester, Minnesota, after a serious operation.
|A "before" photo from the 2010 restoration.|
Thomas already had plans to remarry, but did not have the funds for the fountain. Finally, in 1914, he succeeded in saving up the money, and the fountain was built.
The FountainBuilt in 1914, at a cost of $9,722.19, the Waddell Fountain was designed by Winnipeg Architect John Manuel, who was later also responsible for the University of Manitoba Science Laboratory (1919-1920) and a two storey expansion of the Science Building at the Fort Garry Campus (1923).
|Architect's drawing of the Waddell Fountain, circa 1914, courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report.|
The Fountain is a rare example of High Victorian Gothic Revival Architecture and was considered very elaborately ornamented by the standards of 1914 Winnipeg.
|Note the missing piece from the top - photo circa 1988, courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report.|
|Close-up of one of the lion's heads, after the 2010 restoration.|
|Councillor Harvey Smith accepting on behalf of the City of Winnipeg.|
The fountain was dismantled from its location and moved to the stone mason’s shop where the pieces were worked on. Indiana limestone was used with colours matching the original limestone. New pieces were carved to replace the missing and damaged pieces in order to restore the detailed design.
A coating on the lower basin was applied in the 1980s and it was determined that it required removal. In order to preserve the basin a minimal amount of coating will be applied to the areas that come into contact with water.
No chemicals or mechanical interventions took place in order to complete the restoration. All processes were done by hand and where possible pieces were re-used.
The cabling and piping for the lighting and the water have been re-built. The stonework and foundation have also been completed. The bronze finial has been redrawn using photos and once it is fabricated it will be installed.
|The finished product!|
Sources & LinksCity of Winnipeg Historical Report - Long
City of Winnipeg Historical Report - Short
Provincial Heritage Designation Listing of Waddell Fountain
Heritage Winnipeg Presents a Preservation Award for Work on Waddell Fountain
Historicplaces.ca on the Waddell Fountain
Manitoba Historical Society Website
Postcard Including the Waddell Fountain from the University of Alberta Libraries
Scott Monument Virtual Tour
Waddell Fountain used as a stage for Shakespeare in the Ruins production
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