Barb Cohen – President of the Schuylkill River Heritage Center at Phoenixville – is leading an effort to bring back the Phoenixville mural, a symbol of the borough’s renaissance that once adorned a now-bare wall on the side of a building at the corner of Bridge and Main streets, writes Bill Rettew for the Daily Local News.
The 40-by-80-foot mural, which was painted in 1994, was not on an exterior wall of the building that is now home to the Steel City Coffee House. It was painted on the remaining interior wall of a building destroyed by fire in 1971 on the now empty lot, which has become Renaissance Park.
The mural stood for 21 years, until 2015, when the interior wall started to crumble and became in need of repairs. While the wall was repaired, the mural was lost.
A “Bring Back the Mural” campaign and fundraising effort was started to replace the mural with a digital wallpaper based on photographs taken in 1994.
The SRHC acquired the property in April 2017. Phoenixville Borough Council then voted to restore the mural.
The SRHC is raising the $130,000 needed to pay back the loan to purchase the property and start the mural project.
Read more about the Phoenixville mural in the Daily Local News by clicking here.