Anita May Baldwin statue to be unveiled at Le Méridien hotel
The statue of Anita May Baldwin at the Le Méridien hotel will be unveiled on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Anita is the daughter of the founder of the City, Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin. Renowned artist Alfred Paredes, who created the Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin statue at the corner of Huntington Drive and Holly Avenue, has finished sculpting his daughter Anita, where she will be shown on the opposite end of the property’s estate. Huntington Drive Islands Hotel.
“We are very happy to bring Anita back to Arcadia,” said Mayor Sho Tay. “I would like to thank the Shen families, Liu and Chen, Jeff Lee, the Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Foundation, Heather D. Gibson and Margaux L. Gibson, and the Arcadia Historical Society, for their generous donations.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to recognize one of Arcadia’s women founders, not only for her role in the development of Arcadia, but also for her charitable contributions to the San Gabriel Valley,” said April A. Verlato, Board Member. “I am grateful to City Council for unanimously supporting my motion to dedicate the artwork from this area to the legacy of Anita Baldwin and for all the generous donations from the community that have made this dream a reality. ”
The statue of Anita was sculpted by local artist and a native of Southern California, Alfred Paredes, and aptly named, “A Legacy of Charity” in honor of Anita’s contributions to life at early Arcadia and throughout California. “On behalf of the Baldwin family, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Arcadia City Council, the Arcadia Historical Society, Le Méridien Hotel and all who have supported this effort to honor my great-great-grandmother, Anita. May Baldwin, ”said Ms. Margaux Gibson. “This magnificent statue of Anita will showcase a strong woman who was ahead of her time. I am proud to call Anita May Baldwin my great-great-grandmother, and I am truly proud to be a part of this historic project.
The Grand Opening Celebration of Hotel Le Méridien will also take place on October 25, 2021. For more information on the Anita statue, please contact the General Manager’s office at (626) 574-5401.
Posted: 01 October 2021