Winthrop University: Fountain Restoration Project Campaign Passes Halfway Mark
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Fountain Restoration Project Campaign Passes Halfway Mark

April 04, 2022

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The beloved campus landmark in front of Tillman Hall has been out of commission for a few years and needs replacing.
  • Lori Tuttle, executive director of alumni relations and reunion giving, said donations and grants totaling $301,214 have been raised to date from 318 donors.

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Winthrop University has raised more than half of the money needed to replace its iconic fountain visible from Oakland Avenue.

The beloved campus landmark in front of Tillman Hall has been out of commission for a few years and needs replacing. A study commissioned by an anonymous donor in 2020 determined a new fountain would cost around $500,000.

Lori Tuttle, executive director of alumni relations and reunion giving, said donations and grants totaling $301,214 have been raised to date from 318 donors. Alumni have responded as well with the Classes of 1970-74 selecting the project as their 50th reunion fundraising projects.

Other significant gifts have been donated by community groups such as the Herbert and Anna Lutz Foundation in Chester County. That organization awarded Winthrop a $25,000 grant in late 2021.

A sign was recently erected near the fountain to share the campaign with passersby.

Winthrop Interim President George Hynd said he is happy to see the campus community respond to help with the project. “Restoring the fountain is an important initiative to bring this area of campus back to life,” he said. “We are grateful that so many alumni have responded to this campaign. We know this campus landmark holds special memories for most of our alumni and campus community, and we are excited to have reached this fundraising milestone so quickly.”

Fountain to be Replaced

The restoration project calls for the existing fountain to be removed and replaced with one of a similar size. The area around the fountain will be enhanced with brick and concrete paved surfaces and seating. Accessibility at the site also will be improved.

The current fountain was constructed between 1918-19 and is the second one at this location, according to the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections. It has been the backdrop for several Winthrop traditions over the years, including the Daisy Chain and the Annual Tree Lighting.

The final design work is underway with an anticipated completion in late 2023. Check out the restoration project website. 

For more information on the Fountain Restoration Project or to make a gift to the project, contact Tuttle at tuttlel@winthrop.edu

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