Thu, March 29, 2012
At the moment, the Student Council Fountain Project is on hold due to the SAISD Bond. We are in contact with the various contractors who have been assigned to complete work at Jefferson High School.Sun, October 24, 2010
A second "digging" by board members and some tremendous effort by Jefferson's groundskeeping staff revealed the entire outer hexagon of the fountain.
With the fountain fully revealed, it was possible for an expert to assess the condition of the structure, make educated guesses at drainage, water supply, and electrical access. Both he and Susan Toomey Frost, author ofColors On Clay and 1958 Jefferson graduate, also assessed the condition of the fountain tiles. John is scheduled to give a preliminary report to the TJHS HPS at its annual meeting on April 8, 2010 in the Jefferson SUB.Date
"The project is feasible ..."
So began the e-mail from a San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) official in answer to Board member and former Thomas Jefferson Principal, Sam Hogue's inquiry concerning the restoration of the fountain in the Student Council patio, aka, "the fish pond." The e-mail goes on to enumerate a number of milestones that must be reached to attain the goal of eventual architectural and functional restoration of the once-prominent feature on the Jefferson campus.
Preliminary List of Project Requirements
Ford, Powell, and Carson (architectural firm) was mentioned as a company that has done several projects at Jefferson and who have researched and are familiar with the historical features on the campus.
The processes for funding, the role the TJHS HHPS, and carrying out the project were also detailed in the e-mail:
- Funds to hire an architectural firm, if one is not presently supporting the Board with its services, are to be included in the budget.
- Funds to meet the full project budget are to be donated by the TJHS Historical Preservation Society to the SAISD Foundation for Excellence in Education with the stated purpose of carrying out this project.
- The donated funds and specifications/design documents developed by the architectural firm are to be used to bid the project and hire a licensed and qualified contractor to complete the project.
- All work requires proper city permit(s) and inspection(s), as well as the review and approval of the Historic Preservation Office.
This pencil-sketch-effect photo (photo originally appeared in the 1938 Monticello) is from the February 9, 2000, Volume 70, Number 2, Declaration, showing the fountain in its original configuration of two concentric hexagons.