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Historic Painting Uncovered in Montgomery's City Hall Auditorium
A hidden art canvas is uncovered inside the Montgomery City Hall Auditorium, and now city officials are searching for unanswered questions about this piece of Montgomery's history.
The city didn't actually discover the artwork it until about 3:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The roughly 80-year old painting is larger than the average sized home, at 2400 sq. ft.
After finding a dozen black and white pictures of a piece of art a month ago, city historians and developers put them together like a puzzle, and formed an image of the canvas. The city worked with area historians and figured out the canvas was in the city hall auditorium, and after the building's original blueprints confirmed their thoughts, city workers searched for it. Wednesday Montgomery's fire department worked to uncover it from behind a fire wall.
The painting shows Dexter Avenue as it would have looked in the early 1800s. City officials believe it was probably forgotten about after the auditorium stopped being used in the 1960s; when it was converted to a storage place.
The canvas shows a dirt surfaced avenue leading to the Capitol building in the distance. Area historians, like Mary Ann Neely are overwhelmed with excitement.
"To me this is it's home, it's been here since 1937 or 1938, possibly, 75 years this has been home," Neely said. "And it was just waiting for this generation to come along and find it."
There are still plenty of unanswered questions, including the age and artist who created the painting.
The Montgomery's City Development Office is asking for your help to help fill in the missing information and history of the artwork. Call Steve Jones 334-625-3633.