Town of Hopedale. The items below give us some interesting information about the donation.
THE DRAPER COMPANY
April 29, 1904
Miss Anna M. Bancroft
Chairman, Board of Library Trustees
As has been stated to you in private conversation, Mrs. Draper is proposing to present a marble
fountain to the Town of Hopedale, the work of the celebrated sculptor Story, which will be a great
ornament to our already beautiful village. Mr. Story has planned placing the fountain between the
Public Library and Hope St. Extension, on land that was formerly under the charge of the Park
Commission, but is now controlled by the Library Trustees. I have had the permission of the Park
Commission to place the fountain in this position, but owing to the delays I think it wise to receive
permission from your Board.
The matter will be in the hands of Mr. O. H. Lane, and I would be glad to have your co-operation in
detail. I propose to bear all the expense, except the expense of grading afterwards, and of course
expect that the water will be supplied by the town, if they desire to have water in it, as I presume they
will. The connections I expect to make.
Please reply before Monday if possible, as I am informed that the fountain has arrived in Boston, and
we wish to have it unloaded on the ground.
William F. Draper
May 5, 1904
Dear Miss Bancroft:
In surveying the lot yesterday morning, the only practicable way of setting the fountain seemed to be
the one that the sculptor suggested, - facing Hope St., with the back toward the library. We tried the
diagonal position, which I think, (as you do) might give a better effect, but the fountain was entirely too
large, and more than this, the sun would strike it in the back, and the marble man said that the figure
would not look at all well without a background. We have cut Mr. Story's grades down considerably,
and I think it will not affect the appearance of the library at all. As to the water, which you spoke about,
Mr. Dunn says that by far the best method will be to connect with the service pipe in the library cellar,
(putting on a separate meter, of course), and to also connect with the sewer there, for the waste. Have
we your permission to do this?
O. H. Lane
Presentation and Acceptance of the Fountain
At the town meeting held November 8, 1904, the selectmen and trustees were appointed a committee
to accept a gift of the fountain of Mrs. Wm. F. Draper, who wishes it presented to the town. The
committee met in the trustees' room of The Bancroft Memorial Library, November 12, 1904. Mrs.
Draper was accompanied by Gen. Draper and Miss Margaret Draper, and presented the gift to the
town in the following words:
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I am informed that the town of Hopedale has made its selectmen and the trustees of the town library a
committee to receive in its name the fountain which has been erected on the public library grounds.
For the purpose of making the presentation, therefore, I have asked you to meet me, and I am very
glad to turn the fountain over to the town, it being complete and in place. A winter covering has been
ordered for it, and will be included in the gift.
For several years I have had in mind the leaving of a suitable memorial in our beautiful town, and I
have felt that something artistic would be desirable, as you are sure to provide yourselves with
everything that is needed of a practical character. Being well acquainted with the eminent and
representative American sculptor in Rome, Waldo Story, I took his advice, and that of others, and
decided that a fountain, surmounted by a statue of Hope, would be a suitable embellishment of the
town of Hopedale. Artistically I think it is a great success, and I believe the time will come when
people will come from far and near to see and admire it. As a southerner by birth I have given less
thought to the utilitarian side, but I hope that the cups of water here furnished will refresh many a tired
mechanic or schoolboy in long years to come.
I hereby transfer the ownership and care of the fountain to you, selectmen and trustees, as agents for
the town, and if any papers are thought necessary by your counsel, in addition to this statement, I will
gladly furnish them.
Susan Preston Draper
The gift was accepted by Mr. E. A. Darling, chairman of the selectmen, for the committee, as follows:
Mrs. Draper: In behalf of the town of Hopedale, I have the honor of accepting your generous gift.
The town is gratified to have such a magnificent work of art; beautiful in design, wonderful in carving,
the work of a master.
This fountain will prove a source of education, with its perfect Carrara marble and its symbols of hope
and prosperity and plenty, to us of today and to future generations. The town appreciates your gift,
thanks you and accepts it in the generous spirit in which it is given, and for it, will ever keep you in
Edwin A. Darling,
Chairman of the committee appointed to accept the gift of Mrs. Susan Preston Draper
Hopedale Fountain Designer Is Dead
T. Waldo Story, the eminent American sculptor, whose work includes the beautiful marble drinking
fountain presented to the town of Hopedale by Mrs. William F. Draper and her husband, the late
General Draper, is dead in New York from the effects of a brain clot.
Mr. Story's work is well known both in this country and abroad. The first statue ever placed in the British
House of Commons, the figure of Sir William Vernon Harcourt, placed there in 1906, was his work. In
America his work includes the gold mosaic memorial to Mr. and Mrs. August Belmont in Trinity
Church, Newport, R.I., the Hopedale fountain which was done in Rome and shipped here, and the
bronze doors of the library of the late J.P. Morgan.
In the latter years of life of his father, William Wetmore Story, the noted American sculptor, who died in
1896, T. Waldo Story was associated in his father's work and occupied the famous Story studio in the
Barberini Palace. Rome, for several years after his father's death. Milford Daily News, October 26,
Photos of the fountain running Bancroft Library HOME
Hope In Rome
were asked to go to the Bancroft Library to meet with Kathy Lawrence, a professor at
George Washington University at the time. Kathy was writing a book about Waldo
Story, the sculptor who created the Statue of Hope, and had come to Massachusetts
to get a closer look at Hope and some of Story's other work in the area. The
restoration of Hope was Elaine's last big project when she was the library director.
(Just before she retired in 2001) Also with us that day was Louise Freedman who
had been the primary person doing the work on the statue. We spent several hours
with Kathy, both in the library and outside, taking a close look at the statue. Since it
was January, the statue had its winter cover on, so we had to unzip the door to go in
and sort of crawl around on and through the cover framework. When we got back
inside the library, Kathy showed us about 40 pictures of Story's work which she had
on her laptop, including the picture above that shows an early version of Hope in
Story's studio in Rome . She made a CD with the pictures and gave it to me, but
asked that I not put the one of Hope online until she completed her work on Story. I
recently contacted her and she gave permission to use it. She's living in
Massachusetts now. Her husband, Fred Lawrence, is president of Brandeis
Below is another chapter of the Story story we learned from Kathy. It seems that just
as the Statue of Hope was being created, Story left his wife for opera singer Bessie
Abott. The model for the statue, perhaps? I suppose we'll never know. Story's wife
was from quite a prominent family, and Waldo was also, so the affair became quite
a scandal. The general became concerned about the completion of the statue, and
wrote the following letter in which he brings up the rumors, while evidently trying not
to be offensive. The rumor turned out to be true, but Story managed to find time to
complete the statue, which was delivered to Hopedale in 1904. Waldo and Bessie
didn't rush into marriage. That didn't happen until 1912. Waldo died in 1915. Bessie
died in 1919 at the age of 40.
The original letter is at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin.
Thanks to Kathy Lawrence for making us aware of it, and to Jean Cannon of the
Ransom Center for sending a copy to us. Dan Malloy, August 2011
Memorial Fountain, (sculpture).
Artist: Story, Waldo, sculptor.
Title: Memorial Fountain, (sculpture).
Other Titles: Draper Memorial Fountain, (sculpture).
Dates: Dedicated Nov. 8, 1904.
Medium: Sculpture: Carrara marble; Platform: marble.
Dimensions: Sculpture: approx. H. 12 1/2 ft.; Platform: approx. W. 27 ft. x D. 15 ft.
Inscription: STORY - ROMA (On bronze plaque on back of sculpture:) PRESENTED/TO THE/TOWN
OF HOPEDALE/BY/MRS. SUSAN PRESTON DRAPER/1904 (On front of sculpture base:) PRESENTED
BY SUSAN PRESTON DRAPER signed
Description: An elaborate fountain, with exedra wall and bench seating. In the center, a female
figure (symbol of Hope) stands atop an orange fountain basin. The holds a diaphanous cloth above
her head with both arms. Below her, the fountain base has a relief of a female face; cornucopias
(symbol of prosperity and plenty) and an anchor and three dolphins (symbol of the books held in the
library). The central figure is balanced by the symmetrically curved adjacent benches terminating in
pedestals surmounted by carved plant forms revealing fruit. Buttressing the pedestals are eagles with
their wings full back. The entire fountain rests on a platform four steps above grade.
Outdoor Sculpture -- Massachusetts -- Hopedale
Owner: Administered by Town of Hopedale, Hopedale & Hope Streets, Hopedale, Massachusetts
Located Bancroft Memorial Library, 50 Hopedale Street, Hopedale, Massachusetts
Remarks: The sculpture was presented to the Town of Hopedale by Mrs. Susan Preston Draper.
IAS files contain a related excerpt from the Nineteenth Annual Report of the Bancroft Memorial Library,
Hopedale, Massachusetts, for the Year ending December 31, 1904, pg. 113-114. The excerpt contains
a copy of the dedication speeches. For additional information see: the Milford Journal, April 7, 1908;
and Margaret E. Haller's "Libraries in New England," Fiskdale, MA: Bookcraft, c1991, pg. 106.
Condition: Surveyed 1996 April. Treatment urgent.
References: Save Outdoor Sculpture, Massachusetts survey, 1996.
National Park Service, American Monuments and Outdoor Sculpture Database, MA0038, 1989.
Monumental News, Oct. 1902, pg. 588.
Illustration: Image on file.
Haller, Margaret E., "Libraries in New England," Fiskdale, MA: Bookcraft, c1991, pg. 106.
Note: The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian
American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide
descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections
Repository: Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum, P.
O. Box 37012, MRC 970, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
Control Number: IAS MA000113
The statue as it used to look during the winter.
This photo shows a discussion that took place early in what
became quite a large, complex and expensive project to clean
and restore the statue. After the work was completed, a winter
covering was made for it, and it is now cleaned annually. The
photos at the top of this page were taken after the restoration.