Ashland Benefactors Donate Italian Marble Fountain

Aug 02, 2016 766

The Ashland Parks Foundation considers an Italian marble fountain purchased at the 1915 Pan American Exposition in San Francisco the "jewel" of the city's park system. The Butler-Perozzi Fountain sits high on its own terrace on the western edge of famed Lithia Park below Ashland's stately Granite Street, where a house built by Domingo Perozzi still stands.

Perozzi, the owner of an Ashland creamery, joined with fellow Ashland benefactor Gwin S. Butler in offering the fountain as a memorial gift in 1916. It was sculpted in Florence, Italy, by artist Antonio Frilli. Born in Switzerland in 1871, Perozzi and his wife, Louise, also donated some 40 acres to the Ashland teachers college where Southern Oregon University is located today.

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Source: http://ijpr.org/

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