Marble Cliff Village Council has named its landmark fountain, located on the Cambridge Boulevard island just south of West Fifth Avenue, the Frank G. Monaco Fountain in honor of Monaco’s 32 years of service as clerk-treasurer, council member, council president and mayor. Frank and his wife, Mary, enjoyed 63 years of marriage, raised four children in the Village of Marble Cliff, and welcomed 28 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren to their Marble Cliff home before Mary passed away in 2005.
During his years of public service, Monaco displayed a genuine concern for the welfare of the community and the safety of its citizens. He was instrumental in the design, planning and installation of the fountain in 1992, commemorating the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to America.
“I felt our nice Village should have a fountain just like all the villages in the old country (Italy),” says Monaco, always remembering his Italian heritage.
Village Council agrees and thanks Monaco for his devotion and commitment to helping make the Village of Marble Cliff a better place in which to live and work.
“Honoring Frank Monaco for his dedicated service to the Village of Marble Cliff is well deserved. It is unlikely anyone will serve the Village for as long and as well as he did,” Mayor Kent Studebaker says.
Marble Cliff Welcomes ‘Bellows’ Home Tour
Three Marble Cliff homes will be featured on the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society Tour of Homes, Sunday, May 12
from 1-4 p.m. Two of the homes were once occupied by relatives of the noted 20th century painter and Columbus native George Bellows (1882-1925).
To celebrate the occasion, Marble Cliff Mayor Kent Studebaker arranged with the Columbus Museum of Art for Bellows’ painting Portrait of My Father to be included in a Bellows historical exhibit at Trinity Methodist Church on the tour day.
Each tour stop will have docents available to answer questions and flowers provided by local florists. Coincidentally, the museum is hosting a special exhibition dedicated to Bellows’ work starting Aug. 23.
Tickets are $10 per adult and will be available at the door of each home and the church. Parking for the home tour will be at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1581 Cambridge Blvd.
Society Vice President Win Keller summarized the day, saying, “The Society is delighted to have this unique opportunity to partner with the Columbus Museum of Art and (its) Bellows exhibit