Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Fountain

Location: Walkerton, Ontario, Canada

Donated by Hiram Walker & Sons to the town of Windsor in 1897, the drinking fountain was erected on the west side of Second Street, south of the Lake Erie & Detroit River Railway Station. Mayor Reid introduced Mrs. Edward Chandler Walker, wife of the eldest surviving son of Hiram Walker, who laid the cornerstone of the structure with a silver trowel.

The fount

ain, designed by prolific and famed Detroit architect Albert Kahn, was created from Amherstburg limestone. The base at the front of the fountain displays an inscription:
“To Commemorate / The Completion Of The Sixtieth / Year Of The Glorious Reign Of / Her Most Gracious Majesty / Queen Victoria / The Gift Of / Hiram Walker & Sons Limited To / The People Of Walkerville. MDCCCXCVII

Four stone columns support a copper roof which was once terminated with an imperial crown. Beneath the cornice extending around all four sides of the fountain is an inscription:
Her Court Was Pure, Her Life Serene / God Gave Her Peace, Her Land Reposed / A Thousand Claims To Reverence Closed / In Her Mother, Wife And Queen.

Positioned under the canopy is a stone font containing a circular stone pedestal. A cast iron baluster engraved with acanthus and foliate supports a terminal with 4 lion mascarons facing the four points of the compass. Water which spouted from the lion mouths was once captured in tin cups.

A stone horse trough which was located at the kerb was removed in the 1930s. Neglect caused three of the water spouts to stop functioning and a spigot was attached to the remaining mascaron. The copper roof deteriorated and the crown disappeared from the apex.

walkervilletimes

In 1958 the fountain was relocated to the gardens behind Willistead Manor in Walkerville. It was restored in 1990 to its original design with the exception of the imperial crown.

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Glossary

  • Acanthus, one of the most common plant forms (deeply cut leaves) to make foliage ornament and decoration
  • Baluster, a moulded shaft offering support
  • Foliate, decorated with leaves or leaf like motif
  • Mascaron, a decorative element in the form of a sculpted face or head of a human being or an animal
  • Pedestal, an architectural support for a column or statue
  • Spigot, a device that controls the flow of liquid
  • Stanchion
  • Terminal, statue or ornament that stands on a pedestal
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Posted on July 22, 2016, in Architecture, Canada, Cast Iron, Memorial Drinking Fountain and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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