New home for Columbus statue in Conshohocken

As you may remember, back in October reported that a Columbus statue that had been dedicated to the Borough of Conshohocken by the Italian American Community in 1970 was being stored in a public works’ parking lot off East Elm Street.

The statue wasn’t removed from public view due to the recent controversy surrounding whether or not Columbus should be honored. Leeland Mansion, where the statue had long been on display, was sold to a private company in 2017, and thus it needed a new home.

Last week, our eagle-eyed accountant noticed that the statue was no longer in the public works’ parking lot and we inquired with the borough about its current location.

“The Columbus statue was moved to the CBC Club [Conshohocken Bocce Club] on West Third Avenue in the Borough of Conshohocken,” shared Ray Sokolowski, director of operations for the borough. “Several of their members reached out with interest in providing the statue a new home. Their Board approved the transfer and site location several weeks ago and our Public Services personnel delivered and installed the statue last week.”

The club, which is formally known as the Conshohocken Boccista Club, was established by Conshohocken’s Italian community early in the 20th century.