Time and vandalism have ravaged a 105-year-old monument in Leonard Park, with damage that represents a restoration bill of more than $20,000.
Efforts to revitalize the monument include a fundraiser set for Aug. 31, plus an ongoing call for donations.
The monument, displaying an armed soldier standing on an inscribed base, is currently missing a hand and rifle, both originally made of Italian marble and evidently removed by vandals. The price to craft and restore those parts is $24,000 — which would include an extensive cleaning of the entire monument overseen by the R. Alden Marshall & Associates firm of LaGrange during a process of up to six weeks.
But that process won’t begin until funds fall into place.
A fundraiser is set for Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Leonard Park pavilion. The event is set to include food, music and a silent auction, plus recognition of the descendants of members of the original Lou Dougherty chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, who were involved with the initial installation of the monument in 1908.
More about the monument
The 21-foot monument is built of Texas granite except for the soldier, which is made of Italian marble. The monument’s base is red granite, 11 feet square, rising four steps to a pedestal of gray granite. It was sculpted by Frank Teich (1856-1939), a stone carver and businessman. When crafting the Leonard Park monument, he used the same Texas red granite that he used in creating a Confederate memorial monument now placed on the grounds of the Capitol building in Austin.
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