Ames Saying Goodbye to Downtown Mural

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AMES, Iowa- A celebration will be held on Saturday in downtown Ames to mark the removal of a mural at Tom Evans Plaza. The mural was painted by two artists in the year 2003. The commercial downtown building is in need of some surface repair, meaning the mural has to be removed.

The mural is large, covering two stories of the building. It depicts the founders of the City of Ames, John Blair, and Cynthia Duff, and scenes from the early years in Ames.

Organizer of the event Kathy Svec said the mural came about in Ames “ due to some dedicated fund-raising.” “It’s sad, murals are ephemeral out in the harsh weather,” said Svec. “This mural has been dear to the hearts of many over the last 12 years.”

A short ceremony will be held on Saturday May 2 at 10 am to mark the end of the mural.

Svec said the mural artists, Jane Graham, and Ursula Ruedenberg will be there to discuss their artwork. There will be music from a local trombonist at the Saturday morning event in Tom Evans Plaza in Ames.

The building hosting the mural is called the Olsan Building.  F.J. Olsan constructed the building in 1912.  It was o the first fireproof all concrete building on Ames’ Main Street.  It now houses Bar La Tasca, and the Spice, both restaurants.  It was the home to the former Lucilan’s Restaurant.

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