The Roney Fountain, which stood on East Campus for more than a century, was moved to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens early this year, where it has been installed as the new centerpiece of the Mary Duke Biddle Rose Garden. After its central water feature, which was capped by a crane with spread wings, rusted away in the 1930s, the fountain served as a lily pond before falling into disrepair in recent years. The fountain’s stone basin was disassembled and reconstructed in the gardens. Gardens administrators contracted with a company in Alabama to fashion an exact reproduction of the water feature, which was made from the original molds.
June 1, 2011