It was three years ago that Lincoln Heights residents celebrated the $390,000 restoration of the The Lincoln Park Gateway, an Art Deco-style ceremonial entrance on the north edge of Lincoln Park. On Wednesday, conservation workers were back at the gateway scraping mineral deposits off the decorative tile and preparing to patch and fill holes in a maintenance and repair project that could take about a week to complete, according to one worker. But while the gateway on the north side of the park was getting some TLC, on the south side of Lincoln Park, another landmark remained broken and neglected.
A statue of Florence Nightingale, one of the pioneers of modern nursing, looks could also use some repairs. The hands of the 1937 statue that had been broken off several years earlier have been replaced by a new set that are attached to the figure’s arm’s with wire. The statue that overlooks Lincoln Park Lake looks better than it did seven years ago in a video that shows it covered with graffiti and its hands broken off. The remarks on the video offer some hope that “Flo” will eventually see better days:
At 70 years old she looks pretty bad. Her hands and her trusty lamp are missing. She has been vandalized and restored more than once here at Lincoln Park. I bet her missing parts are in the bottom of the lake. Hope this starts a “Save the Flo” campaign.