"The project is feasible ..."
So began the e-mail from a San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) official in answer to Board member and former Thomas Jefferson Principal, Sam Hogue's inquiry concerning the restoration of the fountain in the Student Council patio, aka, "the fish pond." The e-mail goes on to enumerate a number of milestones that must be reached to attain the goal of eventual architectural and functional restoration of the once-prominent feature on the Jefferson campus.
Documentation of Obscured Architectural Features
The pencil-sketch-effected photo (left) is from the February 9, 2000, Volume 70, Number 2,Declaration, showing the fountain in its original configuration of two concentric hexagons. The outer contained a pond with walls lined in deep blue tiles (photo below-left) in which lived brightly colored fish. The inner a fountain has a pattern of brightly colored tiles inside, top, and outside of the walls below-right). The photo (top-right) shows its current state as a shrubbery garden (taken May 2009).
Preliminary List of Project Requirements
An architect must be retained to:
- Investigate the requirements to successfully execute the project
- Develop a detailed design of the project
- Prepare a cost estimate to complete the project
Ford, Powell, and Carson (architectural firm) was mentioned as a company that has done several projects at Jefferson and who have researched and are familiar with the historical features on the campus.
The processes for funding, the role the TJHS Historical Preservation Society, and carrying out the project were also detailed in the e-mail:
- Funds to hire an architectural firm, if one is not presently supporting the Board with its services, are to be included in the budget.
- Funds to meet the full project budget are to be donated by the TJHS Historical Preservation Society to the SAISD Foundation for Excellence in Education with the stated purpose of carrying out this project.
- The donated funds and specifications/design documents developed by the architectural firm are to be used to bid the project and hire a licensed and qualified contractor to complete the project.
- All work requires proper city permit(s) and inspection(s), as well as the review and approval of the Historic Preservation Office.