Baltimore Housing to Replicate Historic Statues at McCulloh Homes
Community leads the way to restore the beauty of iconic figures
(Baltimore, MD) - Iconic figures have been removed from McCulloh Homes for a much-needed facelift and residents and community leaders were all present to see the event. At the entrance of McCulloh Homes sat the great statues of a playing boy and girl representing the community’s greatest hopes. After more than 70 years of exposure to the elements, these fragile works of art had greatly deteriorated. In an effort the lead by residents, the agency was awarded preservation funding to replicate the sculptures. Residents and community leaders were on hand to see the time worn statues carefully removed and transported to the Steve Tatti Fine Arts Conservator studio where replication work will commence.
“The replication of these historic statues will help restore the beauty of McCulloh Homes and provide residents with museum quality art that they can enjoy for many years to come,” said Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano.
McCulloh Homes Tenant Council members Monique Yates and June Johnson were the lead supporters in bringing this project to fruition. Their commitment encouraged Baltimore Housing to seek funding from the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), which received funding of approximately $80,000 for the replication of the statues designed by Henry Berge. Baltimore Housing will work in conjunction with CHAP to coordinate and manage the project. The project is expected to take approximately six months to complete.
“I can’t speak high enough of the tenacity of June Johnson,” said Deputy Executive Director Anthony Scott. “Our residents take pride in their community and homes, it was her perseverance and pride that enabled us to find funds from alternative resources and it has truly paid off.”
Steve Tatti Fine Arts Conservator has been at the forefront of fine art conservation for over 30 years. The company has restored thousands of pieces for auction houses, galleries, museums, municipalities, and private clients. In 2011, Steve Tatti restored the nearly 200-year-old Battle Monument located across from the Clarence M. Mitchell Courthouse in downtown Baltimore.
McCulloh Homes is a family and mixed population development consisting of 970 units located near State Center.
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