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Brewer Fountain, Boston

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Brewer Fountain stands near the corner of Park and Tremont Streets in Boston, Massachusetts, by Park Street Station. The 22-foot-tall (6.7 m), 15,000-pound (6,800 kg) bronze fountain, cast in Paris, was a gift to the city by Gardner Brewer. It began to function for the first time on June 3, 1868. It is one of several casts of the original, featured at the 1855 Paris World Fair, designed by French artist Michel Joseph Napoléon Liénard; other copies with minor variations can be found across the world, including the Steble Fountain in Liverpool or the Tournouy Fountain in Québec.

At least sixteen other copies exist, including one on Av. Cordoba y Cerrito in Buenos Aires and in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. The fountain is decorated with the figures of Neptune, Amphitrite (Neptune's wife), and Acis and Galatea, a couple from Greek mythology. It fell into disrepair and finally stopped functioning entirely in 2003. A major repair project began in 2009. After a year-long $640,000 off-site restoration led by sculpture conservator Joshua Craine of Daedalus Inc., it was re-dedicated on May 26, 2010.
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  • The Brewer Fountain is fountain inside an octagon at the beginning of the Freedom Trail in the Boston Common. We were in town during a chilly snowstorm so the fountain was not operational.  more »
  • Just across the road from the Park street Church and near the metro station with the same name is the Brewer Fountain. The fountain is a bronze replica of the one displayed at the world fair in Paris....  more »
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  • Beautiful fountain with benches, tables and umbrellas olus a great view of the State House.
  • Not grand by any stretch of the imagination, but works for an urban park the size of Boston Common. Great photo ops with the Massachusetts State House in the background.

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