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Fundraiser asks public to pony up for Roslyn statue

The Roslyn Landmark Society will be holding a

The Roslyn Landmark Society will be holding a fundraiser for the Mackay Horses. Credit: Handout

The Roslyn Landmark Society will hold a fundraiser next week for an equestrian makeover.

"The Race Is On to Restore the Mackay Horses" will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at North Shore Architectural Stone in Glen Head.

The event will raise funds to restore one of the two Mackay horse statues that once sat on Harbor Hill, which belonged to Roslyn resident Clarence H. Mackay, until it was torn down in 1947. When it was demolished, one of the statues was moved to Roslyn High School, where it still stands, and the other remained on the Mackay property until it was sold earlier this year. When the home was sold the horse was donated to the Town of North Hempstead.

The Roslyn preservation group has hired NSAS to restore the statue after a century of exposure to severe weather. It said the statue, which is currently in three pieces, has already been moved to the architectural company's gallery in Glen Head and is poised for restoration.

The Landmark Society said it plans to place the restored horse in Gerry Park around the Duck Pond in Roslyn’s Historic District.

Although it was not immediately known how much it will cost to restore the statue, Franklin Hill Perrell, executive director of the Roslyn Landmark Society, said he expects it to be in the “six-figure range.”

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