Robert Goldwater is giving high praise to a memorial under construction in Paradise Valley dedicated to his younger brother, the late Sen. Barry Goldwater.
"I like any tribute to Barry, but this is especially nice," said Goldwater, 93, who lives in northeast Phoenix. "I will be very happy and proud to see it."
The memorial is currently being built on the northeast corner of Tatum Boulevard and Lincoln Drive. At its center will be a 10-foot bronze statue of Arizona’s three-decade senator and presidential candidate.
Robert Goldwater, who recently returned from his summer cabin in Pinetop, said he is eager to catch a glimpse of his brother’s statue.
"I have heard a lot about it, and from what people are saying the artist has done a very good job," Goldwater said.
Paradise Valley commissioned cowboy artist Joe Beeler to create the statue. It will depict Goldwater wearing Levi’s jeans, boots and other traditional Western wear, with a camera slung over his shoulder and a cowboy hat in one hand.
Joanne Goldwater of Scottsdale, Barry Goldwater’s eldest daughter, had a chance to view the statue during an open house in September at the foundry where it is being completed in Prescott Valley.
"I hope a lot of people will have a chance to view the statue," she said. "It is going to be very lovely and is a very fitting tribute to my father."
The memorial park is slated for completion in November, and the statue expected to be finished in January, Beeler said.
In 1957, Goldwater moved to Paradise Valley, where he built a home out of native materials in the shape of an arrowhead. He named it "Benun-i-kin," Navajo for "house on top of a hill."
He died in 1998, and the home was sold and remodeled through an agreement with the town that allowed the buyer to tear down the walls and raise the roofline.
There was talk of preserving the historic Paradise Valley landmark and creating a memorial there.
Preserving the home as a memorial never materialized, however, and Paradise Valley chose the congested Tatum Boulevard and Lincoln Drive intersection to remember its famous resident.