Carrie Brown Bajnotti Memorial Fountain

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Carrie Brown Bajnotti Memorial Fountain

Location: Providence, RI

Architect: Durkee Brown Viveiros & Werenfels

Owner: City of Providence

Scope of Engineering Services: Wilkinson Associates Inc provided Plumbing engineering services related to the fountain’s water service, pumping systems and spray outlet replacement.

Fountain History:

The Carrie Brown Bajnotti Memorial Fountain was a gift to the City of Providence from Italian diplomat Count Paul Bajnotti in memory of his wife, Carrie Brown Bajnotti who died in 1896.

Count Paul Bajnotti of Turin, Italy married Caroline “Carrie” Mathilde Brown in 1876.  They lived mostly in Italy but retained strong ties to Providence.  Those ties are still evident today in places such as Brown University which is named after Carrie’s grandfather.

The fountain was sculpted by Enid Yandell who studied under famed french sculptor Rodin.  The fountain consists of a granite basin containing 234 spray outlets and a pinnacle outlet.  The bronze sculptor is titled, “The Struggle of Life” and depicts the Angel of Life wearing the Mantle of Truth.  She is struggling to break free from three male figures representing earthly concerns: Duty, Passion and Avarice.

The engraving on the fountain reads: “Erected AD MDCCCC a gift to honor the memory of Carrie Mathilde daughter of the late Nicholas Brown of Providence from her husband Paul Bajnotti of Turin, Italy.”

The fountain was commissioned in 1898 and erected in 1902.

Construction renovation was completed in 2002.