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Cass Gilbert Fountain Hibernates Under Snow, Cage In Ridgefield

The Ridgefield fountain is protected in winter under a structure that looks a bit like a cage. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The snow is piled nearly as high as the fountain at Main Street and West Lane. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The sun peeks over the edge of the protective bronze dome. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The fountain will remain under cover until spring. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- It's the iconic symbol of Ridgefield, but at the moment, it's buried under snow and under the cover of a bronze and tempered glass cage. 

Architect Cass Gilbert designed the classic fountain at Main Street and West Lane, which he donated to the town in 1915. At the time the fountain was first installed, Gilbert owned and used the nearby Keeler Tavern as his summer home.   

The fountain, which was damaged by a drunken driver in a Hummer in 2003 and rebuilt, spends its summers under the blazing sun. In the winter, it has been protected from the elements by a 2-ton dome for about a decade.  

The dome was designed by Ridgefield architect Jeff Mose and built by metalworker David Edelman, according to the Danbury News-Times website.

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