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Fountain - Main & Argyle

yarmouth_south_fountainSTREET ADDRESS: Main & Argyle Streets

CITY/TOWN/VILLAGE: Yarmouth

MUNICIPALITY: Yarmouth

COUNTY: Yarmouth

YEAR BUILT: 1895 +B59

ARCHITECTURAL COMMENT:

This fountain is of bronze and octagonal at the base and handsomely ornamented. It at one time had two taps and had two large bowls for horses and cattle and four smaller ones for dogs and other smaller animals. The four sided tower sits above hooded gargoyles with a bronze engraved plaque. It was designed by J.T. Mott. of a New York designing firm.

HISTORICAL COMMENT:

This ornamental fountain was presented to the Town of Yarmouth by Nathan B. Lewis and his wife, Adeline Cann Lewis on May 01,1895 and was placed at Moody's Corner, so-called then, now the corner of Argyle and Main Streets. The Moody's and Lewis' were large owners and merchants at this site. Nathan B. Lewis and his brother Capt. Henry Lewis owned stores, warehouses, wharves, both wholesale and retail at this corner. They were engaged in the fishing and world-wide freight trade and later were coal dealers. Many ships were built for them at Salmon River, Digby County. His wife Adeline was the daughter of Capt. Lyman Cann 1st also prominent in shipping.

CONTEXTUAL COMMENT:

This fountain has been removed to a parking lot at the same corner and mounted on a cement base. The lower troughs have been removed and four central ones placed. Water no longer flows to it as there is no use for it. It has been painted black and bronze and is a registered heritage landmark.

PRESENT OWNER: Town of Yarmouth

ADDRESS: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

ORIGINAL OWNER: Town of Yarmouth

OCCUPATION: Decorative fountain in memory of Nathan B. Lewis, merchant and ship owner.

BUILDER: J. L. Mott, New York

ORIGINAL USE: For water purposes for all men and beasts

PRESENT USE: Decorative historical site.

HISTORY OF PROPERTY
OWNER FROM: TO: OCCUPATION BOOK PAGE
Town of Yarmouth May 1, 1895 Date Memorial  

COMMENTS ON HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS:

The Lewis' owned a beautiful home and gardens on the same street which still stands. Nathan B. Lewis also owned ten other businesses. He adopted his nephew Lewis Chipman, Q.C. as a young boy and he became a prominent lawyer. Many remember his electric car which is now in Yarmouth County Museum. His wife Adeline was very prominent in social circles and charitable societies. The inscription on the plaque reads - Presented to the Town of Yarmouth by Nathan B. Lewis and wife May 01,1895. As time has moved to a mechanical age, the fountain has been placed on a corner lot for safety, "after 1895".

SOURCES: Yarmouth Reminiscences, Lawson (1902).

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