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September 6, 2013

Kaminksi House Museum repairing old fountain, looking forward to community invovlement

The Kaminski House Museum is repairing its terrace garden fountain, removing decades of old paint and rust and restoring it to it’s original glory.

The Kaminski House Museum is sprucing up the small, zinc fountain hidden in the back of the property, a project symbolizing the restoration efforts around the entire estate.

“Nothing has been done with the fountain for years,” said Brett Phillips, vice president of the house’s board. “It had about 300 to 400 pounds of old, wet leaves in it and a dozen coats of paint.”

The fountain originally was cast in 1936 in Park Place, N.Y., by J. W. Fiske & Company, but museum officials don’t know when the decoration settled in the south, Phillips said. Currently, just the zinc pool base remains, since its fountain was stolen several years ago.

“We’re not putting another fountain in there,” Phillips said, “we’re just going to turn it into a decorative pool.”

The board is hoping to recruit the Georgetown High School art class to paint the finishing touches on the pool, which displays turtles, frogs and marsh grass.

“We’d like to make it kind of a community project. We really want to reconnect the Kaminski House with the city and with the entire population of Georgetown,” Phillips said.

Though the project is only setting the board back about $950, it’s more of a symbolic representation of the restorative projects kick started by Friends of the Kaminski House, which now runs the property.

In June, the city of Georgetown earmarked $190,000 toward repairs for the museum, but Phillips didn’t know if those monies were used in this project.

“It’s really not that big of a deal right now, but it’s something we felt that we needed to do because it’s clearly a unique piece,” Phillips said. “That’s just part of what we’re trying to do with that area, it’s part of a general renovation project we’re trying to do with the whole property.”

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