WILMINGTON, DE, Feb. 7, 2017 – The Friends of Delaware’s Gambrinus Statue, Inc. has been recognized as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, a key milestone in the newly-formed group’s effort to restore Delaware’s 135-year-old King Gambrinus statue.
From 1882 until 1962, this icon of Delaware industry stood atop a second story perch of the Diamond State Brewery, formerly at Fifth and Adams streets in Wilmington. The king was removed prior to demolition of the brewery in 1962 to make way for the interstate through the city. The statue was then relocated to the old King’s Inn restaurant on Naamans Road in suburban Wilmington, where it remained for nearly a decade. The 11-foot tall, zinc statue was dropped and shattered in 1978. Gambrinus’ remaining pieces have been in storage for almost 39 years awaiting restoration.
The Friends group has received estimates of approximately $100,000 to complete the statue’s restoration. Plans call for Gambrinus to be donated to the Delaware History Museum for permanent public display.
To learn more about this exciting project, please visit www.RestoreTheKing.com.