|Breyman Fountain and two Capitols - early 20th century and 2013|
(Salem Library Historic Photos - twice, here and here)
|Just a tiny, unmarked square|
for the Breyman Fountain
(See also Abbate Designs for more)
In the end this may not in fact be a big problem, though it is something of a small problem.
A while back State Archives published an image of the photo illustrating its primary use. They repeated the war memorial interpretation, however: "A bronze statue of a Spanish-American War soldier topped the metal sculpture."
|A horse drinking at the fountain - State Archives|
|"Bronze Pioneer" - June 28th, 1904|
|"Pioneer in Bronze" - September 23rd, 1904|
|Accepted - November 4th, 1904|
If the block face between Court and State Streets will be anchored by these very strong monuments on each corner, the landscape architects and State Parks should give strong consideration to better signage or other gestures to give the fountain more visibility and to knit it into the Willson Park site plan so that as a historical artifact it has more presence in between the pilgrimage sites on each corner.
See a little more on the Breyman house here, "The Story of Salem's First Bicycle: Ben Taylor talks with Fred Lockley"; on a family member's untimely demise, "Jessie Breyman McNary killed 100 Years Ago in Auto Crash"; and on Pioneer statues, "Guidance of Youth and the Ideology of Pioneer Mother Monuments."