LIMA — Almost two years after replacing the Kewpee doll outside of the Bellefontaine Road location, there is now a new replicated fiberglass doll outside of the Elizabeth Street location.
In August, the 80-year-old Kewpee doll hanging outside the 111 N. Elizabeth St. Kewpee location was replaced by a replicated fiberglass one.
“We needed it because it was falling apart,” said Scott Shutt, general manager of the three local Kewpee Hamburgers. “The doll is important to us and to people who enjoy that type of architecture and we are proud of the building and we want to make sure that it always looks nice.”
Edward Magee, a superintendent at EverGreene Architectural Arts in Cincinnati, was hired to replicate the Kewpee doll that Shutt bought in 2009 in Toledo.
“The body was in good shape, but the paint deteriorated from where it was used in Toledo previously, but the artist was able to tell as he looked at the paint and scraped at it as to the techniques and colors that were originally used,” Shutt said. “He replicated the same color tones and he determined that the original head had an effect that assimilates hair and he went to great lengths to make it as authentic as possible.”
The original Elizabeth Street Kewpee doll is currently being revitalized and will be given to the museum once it is finished.
“The doll needs work done to the base,” said Shutt. “We need to meet the museum’s needs.”
The new fiberglass doll at the Elizabeth Street location is the second Kewpee doll replica. Back in 2016, the original Kewpee doll outside of the 1350 Bellefontaine Ave. location was also replaced with a fiberglass doll.
“As we added restaurants in 1972 and 1981, we weren’t sure where the original doll was fabricated and we didn’t have a resource to get another doll,” said Shutt. “It was not until four years ago that there was a doll for sale in Toledo, in which it took five years to acquire.”
The original doll is now on display inside the dining room of the Bellefontaine location. Shutt explained that although it may have seemed like a good idea to replace the Elizabeth Street doll with the original Bellefontaine doll, it was not durable enough.
“That doll is a heavier doll cast of cement and the one downtown is the same mold, but made out of fiber glass,” said Shutt. “We hope it will be more durable with time.”
Shutt said he plans to further the project.
“It’s an ongoing project, and I know that we want to get a doll on display at the Allentown Road location down the road,” said Shutt.
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