Friends of the Public Garden is offering the public a tour of its $4 million renovation of the Brewer Fountain Plaza on the Boston Common on Thursday, Aug. 1, beginning at 4 p.m.
“This is an opportunity for residents, neighbors and visitors to learn about the transformative project at southeast corner of Common, which is the busiest corner of the Common,” said Liz Vizza, executive director of the Friends group, who will lead the site tour. “It gives people an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the project.”
The Friends group has spearheaded a privately funded effort to revitalize the area surrounding the historic fountain, which was created for the 1855 World’s Fair in Paris and later donated to Beacon Hill merchant Gardner Brewer. The bronze sculpture was installed near Beacon Street on the Common in 1868 before it was moved to its current location near Tremont and Park streets in 1917.
Phase 1 of the renovation, which was completed last year, has transformed the fountain area into a vibrant public gathering place and added trees and landscaping to the adjacent Liberty Mall. The final phase will add greenspace and trees, reduce the scale of Lafayette Mall along Tremont Street, and restore the iron boundary fence that separates parkland from the street, according to the Friends group.
Following the one-hour tour, Berklee School of Music students will perform at the weekly jazz concert, sponsored by the Friends, at the plaza at 5 p.m.
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