Wiegand Foundation in Chesterfield Valley Under Threat of Demolition
Wiegand's three-acre property, which is also home to the Wiegand Foundation and a popular party spot for area nonprofits, is nestled off Baxter Road and Chesterfield Airport Road on 1 Wiegand Drive.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been working on plans to build a retaining wall adjacent to Wiegand's property, in order to stem potential flood damage. But last month Wiegand got word from the Monarch-Chesterfield Levee Protection District, which is working with the Corps, that plans to condemn Wiegand's property altogether were in the works.
Save our Studio, headed up by Nancy Carver, is trying to arrange a sit-down with the Corps for a straight answer on the situation, according to Carver.
"This studio has survived a fire and the flood [of 1993]," says Carver. "To think that it could now be taken out by a bulldozer is heartbreaking."
The property has been feature on HGTV, according to Carver. It is located very near Annie Gunn's Smokehouse and Market, which is owned by Wiegand's sister and brother-in-law.
"Everyone feels this building is theirs, and it truly does belong to everyone," Wiegand says in a statement. "This building needs to be saved not just for personal reasons but for historical and horticultural reasons.... I need a big sling shot to stop this giant."
Wiegand's sculptures are in collections around the world. He has just been commissioned by Winston Churchill's granddaughter to do a likeness of her grandfather.