The Fountain Restoration
August - September, 2004
Funded by a Missouri River Historical Development (MRHD) Grant
The L&L Builders crew lifts the marble fountain basin following removal of the cherub.
It has to get worse before getting better!
Muriatic acid works on the marble pedestal while concrete forms are installed.
..... but shared by many of the L&L workers.
Red Hat Society members stop by for a look as old, crumbling concrete is chipped away.
Foulk Bros. Plumbing lays new water pipe & controls; Thompson Electric provides juice to make it work.
Finishing the concrete is backbreaking work .....
Then it goes "under wraps to cure while the surrounding area is swept up and re-sodded.
Craig Arnett, who sandblasted years of calcium from our little friend, is proud of his part in the restoration project.
The fountain was formally re-dedicated on May 7, 2005, with MRHD and city dignitaries joining the Friends of Latham Park for the ceremony.
Below, the fountain remains beautiful in the summer of 2015.