Topeka, Kansas: Locally-Famous Big Wren Statue

It's not just a big wren, it's a really big little bird. Formerly stood atop the broadcast studios of radio station WREN.

Huntoon Park

Address:
SW 12th St., Topeka, KS
Directions:
In the median divider between SW 12th St., SW Huntoon St., and SW Topeka Blvd, at Huntoon Park, in a former fountain.
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Wren statue. WREN Statue

The wren sat atop radio station WREN, Topeka (second radio station in Topeka) since 1947 before being installed at its present location in 1993. It was constructed of wire mesh and concrete by an unknown artist sometime during the 1930s when the station was then located in Lawrence, Kansas. Former Governor and 1936 Presidential candidate Alf Landon purchased the station in 1952.

It has become a local landmark and was purchased by The group Historic Topeka after initially having been sold to a developer and scheduled to be moved to Branson, Missouri. It was restored by Buck Thomas, who also repainted it.

[Phil Pasquini, 04/20/2007]

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