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News - August 1, 2018

Damaged statue will find new home in Lindenwood

by Barbara Wood

Diana will soon have a new home.

After a historic statue of the Roman goddess of the hunt that was in Holbrook-Palmer Park since the 1960s was damaged while being moved, Atherton City Council members decided the $45,000 repair bill was too much and Diana and her hound were exiled to the town's corporation yard.

But members of the Lindenwood Homeowners Association received permission from the council on July 18 to raise the money to repair the statue and move it into the town right of way at Flood Circle and Linden Avenue.

The statue had been in Holbrook-Palmer since the park was given to the town in the 1960s, and was meant to be in the park's new event garden. But things went wrong during the attempt to move the statue. "As staff carried the bubble-wrapped statue from the park vehicle to the new pedestal, the Statue literally crumbled apart from its own weight in their hands," a town report says.

Lindenwood resident and history buff Marion Oster said the homeowners' group will take care of the statue once it is repaired, as the group does with the other historic artifacts from the Flood estate in Lindenwood.

Oster said the statue came from JW Fiske, a New York iron foundry that issued catalogs of the statues it made. An identical statue appears in historic photos of the Flood estate, she said.

"We don't know if this Diana statue was purchased from the Flood estate, or if it was given by the Floods, (or if) it's a duplicate statue," said Oster, who heads the Atherton Heritage Association.

Oster said the statue of Diana had already been repaired in the late 1990s, after the Heritage Association raised $10,000 to pay for the work.

"It's a shame to just leave it over in the corporation yard," said Betsy Colby, the president of the Lindenwood homeowners group. "I think Marion is the right person to do this."

Council members unanimously agreed to the plan.

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