Wednesday, October 17 , 2018, 8:24 am | Fair 52º

 
 
 
 

Restoration Taking Shape on Fountain at Santa Barbara Courthouse

Carving nears completion, with the first sandstone block to be placed this week

During the past seven months, a small army of stone carvers has been working diligently under the cover of a white tent on the front lawn of the Santa Barbara Courthouse to re-create the Spirit of the Ocean Fountain.

Thousands of hours later and with the generous support of the community, the carving is nearing completion. As soon as Thursday, the first of seven carved sandstone blocks will be moved into position to take its place in a new life of delighting the more than 150,000 annual visitors to the Santa Barbara Courthouse.

The Spirit of the Ocean Fountain is a popular spot for visitors to take pictures, and for the past few years that opportunity had been crumbling away — one grain of sand at a time — until the Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation accelerated its plan to replace the failing sculpted piece.

The project began in 2004 with the Fountain Team researching the location of the original stone quarry that provided the original stone used on the courthouse and fountain; tracking down historic photographs and preparing a full-size foam replica to be used during the carving operation.

Next was the logistics planning to get the stone from the mountain to the courthouse front lawn, organize the carving “studio” and secure the needed funding.

Ultimately, the project team became a group of 15 individuals with responsibility over four main areas: research, funding, execution and project management. The project is scheduled to be complete by July 4, with a celebration event to be announced soon. The Santa Barbara Courthouse is a City of Santa Barbara Historic Landmark, on the National Register and a state and national historic landmark.

The Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to conserve, preserve and restore the architectural features of the Santa Barbara Courthouses for visitors — building on a legacy is their goal.

— George Thurlow represents the Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Email
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership
×

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >