A downtown Port Arthur building got a major renovation. Off Ramp Magazine, from the Southeast Texas Arts Council, shares a bit about the former First National Bank Building became the home of the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce and the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation.
Over the years people had nailed their revisions over, among other things, a 3000 square foot, one-of-a-kind, ceiling mural. Lange Brothers Construction began working on the structure in February of 2014 with Lange’s in-house artists Robert Dixon and Sanchez Validez. Other local artists included Renee Ledesma, Mickey Mitchell and Betty Smith.
Here’s an excerpt from the Off Ramp feature:
“The mural was heavily damaged and needed to be almost completely rebuilt. Only about 20 percent of the painting remained and artists created castings of surviving sections of plaster and used those plus original photographs to restore damaged areas. Some features, such as the recessed plaster coffers, had to be simulated due to the prohibitive cost of trying to recreate them. The artists consulted with art historians from the Volz O’Connel Hutson Architect firm in Austin, TX throughout the process. The mural was completed on March 4 of 2015.
The building has a designation as a Historic Landmark from the state of Texas and is currently under consideration for listing under the National Register of Historic Places.”