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Statue of Liberty House Shines No Longer

She stands high, beaming radiance in the name of life and liberty ... in some Phoenix-area storage unit.

That's what a representative of Pathfinder Properties tells New Times following the removal of Lady Liberty from the Statue of Liberty house on Seventh Avenue and Palm Lane.

The Scottsdale-based company purchased the home at a trustee sale, and is currently in the process of flipping it, sans the six-foot-tall representation of America's freedom. "The statue has been kind of an icon, but it won't help sell the house to potential buyers," says Rich of Pathfinder Properties.

Rich assures New Times that the urban roadside oddity, which has some interesting local folklore, is in safe keeping.

The traditional 1960s-era slump-block structure has been in bad shape for years. (In one week, Pathfinder filled three dumpsters, and that was just the junk from inside.) But the pad's interior has definitely improved since the makeover -- hardwood floors were discovered after they lifted the foul carpet.

Pathfinder plans to list the Palmcroft neighborhood home on the market by week's end.

As far as the statue's future, Rich says, "If the new owners don't want it, I'm not going to throw it away. I might put it on Craigslist or donate it to a veteran's park ... I want [the statue] to have some sort of cultural significance and not just sitting in some guy's party room."

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Steve Jansen
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