Historic Studebaker fountain on its way to restoration

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A piece of South Bend history is on its way to Ohio to be restored.

The Studebaker fountain was sent off for a restoration that’s expected to take about a year.

The more-than-a-century-old fountain has been missing some pieces for a while now. The cast-iron work was donated to the city of South Bend by John Studebaker in 1906, and dismantled during World War II. Several pieces were donated to the historical museum.

When the restoration is finished next year the fountain will be 25 feet tall, and will return home to a new plaza in the heart of Leeper Park.

Nearly $650,000 was raised from donors in the community to help cover the restoration.

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