Faded to Fabulous: Preserving the Pinewood Estate Frog Fountain

By Max Lindsey | Bok Tower Gardens

January 19, 2017

Conservators from Rosa Lowinger & Associates – Conservation of Art + Architecture are working diligently preserving and uncovering amazing details to the historic 1920 frog fountain at Pinewood Estate. Restoring efforts include removing the calcified mineral build up with scalpels, paint brushes and razor blades.

Most visitors would see this fountain as unrepairable with the faded color, but as you can see in the photo, half the fountain’s color has been revived and looks almost new. This Spanish frog fountain that leads guests into an enchanting stone grotto at the front of the house, has become a staple of Pinewood Estate and we’re excited for this restoration.

Thanks to the Amaryllis Club, Bok Tower Gardens was awarded a $50,000 matching grant from the Florida Division of Historical Resources, with the Amaryllis Club matching the $50,000 state funds for the project, raising a total of $100,000.

The Amaryllis Club is dedicated to upholding the mission and preserving the heritage of Bok Tower Gardens through projects and support. The club seeks to connect the people we serve to projects and activities at Bok Tower Gardens, personalize the way people engage with these projects, and cultivate long-term relationships of people and projects within the Gardens.