OOS Sculpture

Dr. Benjamin S. Brown

1883 / A. Caripairoli, J.M. Beerbower, et al. / Bellefontaine

Dr. Benjamin S. Brown Front Full

A life-size (six foot, two inch) marble sculpture of Dr. Benjamin S. Brown, one of the early citizens of Bellefontaine, Ohio, on top of a 9 foot granite base. Both the sculpture and the park in which it sits (Brown Park) were donated to the city in 1883 by Dr. Brown's widow, Rebecca Brown (nee Shaw).
Rebecca's will also stipulated that a natural history museum was to be erected at the parks location to house Dr. Browns extensive collection of shells, but that somehow never came to fruition, and what happened to the collection of shells has been lost to history.

Location: Brown Park, Corner of E Sandusky Ave & Fountain Pl

County

: Logan

Citation

: A. Caripairoli, J.M. Beerbower, and C.W. Whitehead, “Dr. Benjamin S. Brown,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed November 29, 2021, http://oos.sculpturecenter.org/index.php/items/show/1740.

Title

Dr. Benjamin S. Brown

Description

A life-size (six foot, two inch) marble sculpture of Dr. Benjamin S. Brown, one of the early citizens of Bellefontaine, Ohio, on top of a 9 foot granite base. Both the sculpture and the park in which it sits (Brown Park) were donated to the city in 1883 by Dr. Brown's widow, Rebecca Brown (nee Shaw).
Rebecca's will also stipulated that a natural history museum was to be erected at the parks location to house Dr. Browns extensive collection of shells, but that somehow never came to fruition, and what happened to the collection of shells has been lost to history.

Date

1883

Source

Logan County Index, February 20, 1884
Daily Examiner, July 20, 1946 (Bellefontain, Ohio) "Brown Park Memorializes Dr. Benjamin Stanton Brown"
correspondence with the Logan County Historical Society

Identifier

1740

Location City

Location County

Provider Qualifier

Donated by

Provider Entity

Rebecca Brown

Location Site

Location Street

Corner of E Sandusky Ave & Fountain Pl

Location Type

Media Sculpture Height

6 feet, 2 inches

Media Base Height

8 feet, 10 inches

Installation Date

1883

Materials

Inscription

On front of base: "It may be said of him that he was a citizen whose life was so pure and beautiful as to leave the simplicity of his manhood and the memory of his deeds to be admired and honored by the generations to come."
On back of base: " Rebecca Brown's name and birth and death dates (can't quite make them out).

Condition Rating

poor