GENESEO – ‘If’ is not the question. It’s the specifics of ‘how’ and ‘when’ Emmeline will return to her perch on Main Street.
Monument restoration experts with Moorland Studios Inc. out of New Jersey have assessed the damage to the bear fountain, Geneseo’s most loved symbol, and will soon present their options for repair to the Association for the Preservation of Geneseo (APOG) board.
“The big question that we have right now is whether to replace or repair the stone,” said Constance Bassett, founder of Moorland Studios with her partner David Cann, who both have strong ties to the Genesee Valley. “The metal work can all be repaired. At this point, we are writing up reports on all of the avenues discussed while we were in Geneseo on Saturday to line up what is possible and not possible for us and the village to do.”
Moorland Studios specializes in metal work and will be handling all of the repairs to the spouts that deliver water into the fountain base Emmeline herself, and her torch, which they beautifully restored in 2010.
As part of that restoration project, APOG commissioned experts in geometric measurement with Direct Dimensions to 3D Laser scan Emmeline, her pedestal and her base. Those images, seen above and below, are the basis for restoring the fountain to absolute historical accuracy.
“It is a huge relief that the metal work does not have to be replaced,” said Kurt Cylke, member of APOG. “With this project, you want the best. Moorland Studios will coordinate professionals within their monument restoration network to address the fountain’s granite base.”
Stonework experts will visit Geneseo within the next few weeks to inspect the fountain’s base.
Bassett added that the project will continue to hold a special place in her and Cann’s hearts.
“My family, the Colt family, has strong ties to the area, and David grew up in the Finger Lakes,” said Bassett. “True, you never know where life will take you, but it’s a small world and life never takes you very far.”