The only visible damage, she said, was a chipped nose and broken fleur-de-lis in St. Joseph’s hands.
Under a legal agreement, the developer took archival photos and recorded other details before burying it a short distance from where it was found. It was moved by construction equipment to what will be the courtyard of the u-shaped apartment complex.
While digging last week, workers also found the cornerstone of the 1911 church, which will be placed in the landscaped courtyard not far from the recently reinterred statue of St. Joseph which, after all these years and all this mystery, is safely back in the ground.
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