UPDATE: The driver of the truck was revealed to be a 16-year-old male. His father contacted Bungalower to tell him that they were working with the museum and their insurance to cover the damage and that his son will also need to volunteer at the museum.
The historic gate and archway to the main garden at Art and history museums in Maitland (Facebook | Website) was seriously damaged in the early morning hours of Sunday June 14.
The gate, which faced the intersection of Packwood and Central Avenues, was designed by founder Jules Andre Smith in the 1930s, along with the rest of the land that served as a collective of hippie artists for years. The door was made in Italy and surrounded by relief cement sculptures which are considered to be some of André’s earliest works in this medium.
A&H is working closely with the City of Maitland to restore the gate and perimeter walls and is working with the Maitland Police Department to identify the driver. A person from the institution informed Bungalower that the license plate of the truck that backed up in the door was found among the rubble, but a museum spokesperson did not confirm.
The Maitland Art Center is located at 231 W. Packwood Avenue, Maitland [GMap].