Gothic Fountain

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Gothic Fountain by akaziuna Oct 7, 2012

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A cleaned and repaired scan of the Gothic fountain located outside the Providence Athenaeum at 251 Benefit Street in Providence Rhode Island. The scan was taken using 123D Catch: http://www.123dapp.com/catch

The fountain was built in 1873 from funds donated by Mrs. Anna Richmond. Fed directly from the Pawtuxet River, the words "Come here everyone that thirsteth" are carved into the granite. Legend has it that visitors who drink the water are sure to return.

This library was founded in 1831, built in 1837, and opened on July 11, 1838. The writers Edgar Allen Poe, Sarah Helen Whitman and H.P. Lovecraft were all frequent visitors to the Athenaeum.

"...our old Athenaeum, where Poe spent many an hour, and wrote his name at the bottom of one of his unsigned poems in a magazine..." -- Letter by H.P. Lovecraft to James F. Morton, 3 May 1923

"Providence, which spurn’d Eddie living, now reveres him dead, and treasures every memory connected with him. The hotel where he stopt, the churchyard where he wander’d, the house and garden where he courted his inamorata, the Athenaeum where he us’d to dream and ramble thro’ the corridors—all are still with us, and as by a miracle absolutely unchang’d even to the least detail." -- Letter by H.P. Lovecraft to Frank Belknap Long, February 1924

More about the history of the Providence Athenaeum:

A tutorial on how to edit and clean up this scan is featured in the "Scanning in 3D" chapter of Getting Started with MakerBot : http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920026723.do?

Also appearing in Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing: http://www.makershed.com/Make_Ultimate_Guide_to_3D_Printing_p/1449357377.htm

The original 123D Catch scan: http://www.123dapp.com/stl-Catch/Gothic-Fountain/849545


The pictures show the scan printed in yellow Ultimachine PLA.
Print temp (extruder): 210
HBP: 50
Layer height: .25mm

If you are using PLA on a Replicator, print without acceleration. Although it makes for a long print, I found that the layers on the top of the fountain roof came out better (were more uniform) if I printed at the Replicator default speeds.

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I totally love this! I lived there for 9 years and frequently walked on Benefit and at Swan Point.

I wonder if it would be rude to scan HPL's gravestone...

Oct 9, 2012 - Modified Apr 7, 2015
akaziuna - in reply to SuperInfraMan

I have been told by the security staff that photography is forbidden at Swan Point cemetery. They were polite to me, but apparently there have been unpleasant incidents in the past: http://boingboing.net/2008/08/23/writer-who-photograp.html

Sigh... I know. When we first got there SP was a very popular dog-walking spot, esp the undeveloped corner there at the end of Blackstone and the back walk along the river. then they forbade that, so now the back riverwalk is overgrown and populated by sex hookups and people doing drugs. Yay.

Then they shut down photography, so now all the Providence goths have to sneak around, or take their moody photos somewhere else.To get (minimally) back on topic, it's a shame. There is some beautiful stonework on the mausoleums, the art deco angel, etc. I don't see it as trivializing or disrespectful to document this art.