Topeka, Kansas: Locally-Famous Big Wren StatueIt's not just a big wren, it's a really big little bird. Formerly stood atop the broadcast studios of radio station WREN.
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A nice statue of a wren. We parked right next to it on the street and walked over for a photo.[April N, 12/05/2014]
The concrete wren was originally the mascot of WREN, a Topeka AM radio broadcasting station, from 1947 to 1993. The station has since changed its call letters.
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]