A Chester woman is leading an effort to restore the city’s most recognizable landmark.

Susan Busan Badgley Hineman tells The Associated Press that the structure billed as the “World’s Largest Teapot” needs an estimated $15,000 for repairs and maintenance.

The 14-foot-tall teapot started off in the early 1900s as a giant wooden barrel used to advertise Hires Root Beer. Chester resident William Devon bought the barrel in 1938, added a tin, teapot-shaped exterior and hired teenagers to sell concessions and souvenirs from it.

Hineman says the teapot needs to be re-centered on its concrete pad and the handle needs to be removed and repaired. She says the interior wood and the window frames need to be replaced or repaired.

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