Montgomery Construction has offered to donate a display case to house the 18-foot Themis statue that originally topped the McLennan County Courthouse, once the statue returns to Waco in October along with a duplicate to crown the dome.

Montgomery won the county contract to pull the damaged statue down and have a duplicate made to replace it.

Robinson Iron Co. in Alexander City, Alabama, is handling the duplication of the 115-year-old Themis. Robinson is three weeks ahead of schedule since starting work in July, after Themis was removed from her 150-foot perch atop the courthouse, Montgomery Construction general manager Mike Anderson said.

In addition to duplicating the original 5,900-pound zinc statue, Robinson Iron is making repairs to the original and repainting it. Repairs to the Greek goddess of divine law include reattaching her arm and scales of justice, which were ripped off three years ago by 65-mph wind gusts.

Themis is being dismantled based on how she was originally put together, then the individual pieces are being scanned to create molds, Anderson said.

County commissioners agreed to replace the aging statute with a duplicate made from cast aluminum after determining the original is too fragile and difficult to repair to a condition adequate for display on the courthouse dome.

Both statues are scheduled to return to Waco by truck in October, Anderson said.

“It’s advancing well,” Anderson said. “It’s really impressive.”

County Judge Scott Felton said he hopes the county finds a way to make good use the old statue somewhere in the county.

Anderson said Montgomery is willing to help.

“If y’all decide y’all want to display it, we’d be interested in building a case as a donation to the county,” he said.

The original Themis last left her lofty post downtown about seven years ago when she was painted and restored.

Cassie L. Smith has covered county government for the Tribune-Herald since June 2014. She previously worked as a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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