New Fountain of Honor Photographs for A New Age

from Lizzie Blatt, Director of Publications

May 6, 2022

We’ve updated our Fountain of Honor photograph, to keep pace with modern times!

The iconic Fountain of Honor was built circa 1930 by Henry Lion to commemorate the sons, husbands, and brothers of Ebell members whose lives were lost in WW1. The photograph in the original poster, below left, was taken circa 1930-35.

Members circa 1930-35
Members circa 1930-35
Members left to right: seated Rosalind Goddard, left to right: Emma Welch, Kristi Welch, Aretha Green, Renee Grief, seated right: Felicia Varela
Members left to right: seated Rosalind Goddard, left to right: Emma Welch, Kristi Welch, Aretha Green, Renee Grief, seated right: Felicia Varela
Members left to right: seated, Janice Kroll, standing, Krista Kolegraff, Julia Soto (Ebell employee), Paulinda Schimmel, Moira Michiels
seated: Aretha Green
Members left to right: seated, Janice Kroll, standing, Krista Kolegraff, Julia Soto (Ebell employee), Paulinda Schimmel, Moira Michiels seated: Aretha Green

Few people know that the fountain was designed from the image of a real live model, Juliet Carnegie Montague Butts.  Here are her two daughters posing by the fountain, seventy years later, in 2000.

Ebell Fountain daugthers of model Juliet Butts with Gloria Carroll 2000_magazine article

Text reads: “Back in 1930, a young woman by the name of Juliet posed for Henri Lyon [sic], who had been commissioned by The Ebell of Los Angeles to do a statue honoring women entitled ‘Knowledge and Wisdom’. On January 24, 2000, Shannon Silverman and Virginia Kelley helped The Ebell honor their mother Juliet Carnegie Montague¬† Butts, who had posed for the statue.”

Ebell Fountain daugthers of model Juliet Butts with Gloria Carroll 2000

Shannon Silverman and Virginia Kelley, daughters (left) of Juliet Carnegie Montague Butts (fountain model) with Ebell President Gloria Carroll (right)