#FindMeFriday: George Robert White Memorial Fountain

Congratulations to Helene Casanova for being the first student to tweet a selfie at the September 29th #FindMeFriday location!


A little about this week’s location:

The George Robert White Memorial Fountain, more commonly known as The Angel, is located in the northwest corner of the Boston Commons at the intersection of Beacon and Arlington Streets. This fountain is in memory George Robert White (1847-1922), a native Bostonian who made a fortune in pharmaceuticals and bequeathed over $5 million to Boston for “works of public beauty and utility. His only request was that $50,000 of this gift be used in creating a memorial to his name. Designed by Daniel Chester French, the Angel was unveiled in 1924.

Like many memorials, the upkeep of The Angel was not prioritized and in the 1980s the fountain was shut off and remained inactive for almost 30 years. That was until Friends of the Public Garden decided to bring The Angel back to its original glory and began renovation in August 2016.  Three months later, in November 2016, the George Robert White Memorial Fountain was flowing with water, life, and love, once again.

For more information about The Angel and the Friends of the Public Garden, you can visit http://friendsofthepublicgarden.org/programs-projects/restoration-of-the-george-robert-white-memorial-fountain-in-the-public-garden/

Helene Casanova has an angel looking over her shoulder…and so can you! Go see your City, my friends!