Peter Finkle to Present “Time Traveling Tales:  Butler-Perozzi Fountain” Located in Lithia Park

Time Traveling Tales: Butler-Perozzi Fountain

Free Public Event

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, 5:30 p.m.,
Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd


Join Peter Finkle of Walk Ashland History Tours for little known stories (until now) to help expand our appreciation for the Butler-Perozzi fountain. We so easily take something like the fountain in Lithia Park for granted. To put it in context, we will time-travel from the 1400s to the 1600s, then to the late 1800s and early 1900s. The fountain’s tale touches European royalty, 500-year-old vineyards, and an early 1900s Ashland creamery. We will also outline the current restoration plan and provide a campaign update from members of the Restoration Steering Committee.

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Background information:

In 1916 two prominent civic leaders gave an extraordinary gift to the City of Ashland: an historic marble fountain, sculpted in Italy for the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. For over 100 years, the Butler-Perozzi Fountain has been the centerpiece of Lithia Park, attracting visitors from near and far. Thousands of graduating seniors, prom dates and couples have had their photos taken on its terrace and steps. It holds the hopes and dreams of our community.

Today the fountain is worn and decaying after years of harsh weather and neglect. However, that’s about to change thanks to the Ashland Parks Foundation and local citizens who want to ensure the fountain and the site on which it sits are preserved for future generations.

The Ashland Parks Foundation kicked off a fundraising campaign on July 4, 2023 to restore the beloved fountain and site and create a maintenance fund so future repairs can be done annually. Five months into the campaign, over 70% of the goal has been reached thanks to many small and large donations from the Ashland community and beyond!

Once completed, the project will preserve a beloved piece of Ashland’s history, the “jewel of Lithia Park.”