What happened to the Magnolia Terrace lions?
I have come across many different photographs and drawings of two bronze lions that once graced the pedestals in front of Magnolia Terrace in the Forest Park Heights historic district.
When you look at the top of Magnolia Terrace today, although the stone pedestals still exist (with flower planters on them), the lions are nowhere to be found. Where did they go? When did they leave?
I asked several longtime Forest Park residents about the lions -- people who have lived in the neighborhood for 50 years, but no one had ever seen them. The best suggestion I've heard is that they were perhaps melted down for scrap metal during the World War 2 effort, when bronze was at a premium.
Can anyone help?
Update: I spoke with Russell Selig and another long-time Forest Park resident. They say that the lions were on Magnolia Terrace at least into the 1950's. Speculation is that they could be in storage somewhere in the city. Anyone know?