Restoration reveals artistry of murals

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Posted: March 23, 2013

The Winchester Star

Amber Smith, associate paintings conservator with The Conservation Center, cleans one of the 145-year-old fresco secco paintings at the Winchester Hiram Lodge No. 21 A.F. & A.M. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
The entrance to the lodge on the Loudoun Street Mall.
ABOVE: Lokie Voight, past master of the Winchester Hiram Lodge No. 21 A.F. & A.M., points out an area of a fresco secco painting that was damaged in March 2012 during a break-in at the Loudoun Street Mall lodge. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
BELOW LEFT: Amber Smith, associate paintings conservator with The Conservation Center, shows cracks in one of the wall paintings to Voight.
BELOW RIGHT: This is the exterior of the lodge, which has stood in downtown Winchester since 1868.

WINCHESTER

I t’s taken weeks of careful cleaning, but a dozen towering murals on the walls of the local Masonic Lodge are once again showing their true colors.

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