Frick Collection Garden Court Fountain—Private

The Frick Collection, New York, NY

The Garden Court Fountain was installed in what had been an outdoor courtyard when the original Frick home was reconstructed as a museum in the 1930s. It consists of a pool that runs the length of the courtyard and central tiered set of basins and finial. The construction is carved from St. Genevieve marble, a Missouri stone. Two small bronze frogs spray towards the central feature, adding a whimsical touch to the elegant Beaux Arts design.  The fountain has been in operation within the museum since then.

In preparation for a major renovation of The Frick Collection, the museum engaged EverGreene to assess the condition of the fountain and recommend treatments. There was displacement of the stonework, cracks in stone elements and issues with the water display. We studied the construction and mechanical features, observed the water display, and researched the original plans and operations in drawings and historic photographs. Based on our study as series of drawings documenting the deterioration and recommendations for the observed conditions were developed. these include treatments for the stonework, and modifications to the water display.