Anita May Baldwin | photo courtesy Margaux Viera The new Le Meridien Hotel has commissioned a statue honoring Arcadia's most famous female pioneer, Anita May Baldwin, daughter of the City's founder, Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin. The developer of the Le Meridien Hotel has been working with the Arcadia Historical Society, the Baldwin family, and the City of Arcadia on the design of the statue and fundraising over the past year. Famed artist Alfred Paredes, who created the Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin statue on the corner of Huntington Drive and Holly Avenue, has been commissioned with sculpting his daughter, where she will be featured on the opposite end of the Huntington Drive islands' hotel property. The Anita statue is being sculpted by local artist and southern California native, Alfred Paredes. The fundraising for this project was spearheaded by the Arcadia Historical Society in partnership with the Baldwin family. Margaux Viera, the great-great-great granddaughter of Anita May Baldwin said, “This project, like the Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin statue project, means so much to me and my family. The magnificent statue of Anita will showcase a strong woman who was ahead of her time. After her father's death, Anita strapped on her father's boots and never hesitated to take the reins of what he had spent his entire life building. 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 Le Meridien Hotel is scheduled to open in Spring 2021. The unveiling of the Anita Baldwin Statue is scheduled for Fall 2021. To follow the sculptures progression, follow Alfred Paredes on Instagram at @apsculpturestudio. Not a subscriber? Click here to sign up for the daily PDF or alerts. This story was posted in Shared News and tagged Alfred Paredes, Anita May Baldwin, Arcadia California, Elias Jackson Baldwin, Le Meridien Hotel, Margaux Viera, statue.
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