Historic Murals Restored
on UAlbany Downtown Campus
Process is open
to the public on Aug. 19
Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (August 12, 2004) -- The second
of 14 historic murals at the University at Albany’s
Milne Hall, showing scenes from the history
of the Capital Region, will be restored as part
of a project that began in 2003. The murals,
painted from 1933 to 1946 by artist David Cunningham
Lithgow (1868-1958), were a gift to the college
by the graduating classes of the Milne School.
The current restoration is funded by Milne School
The process of restoring the mural, titled
"The Mohawk People," will be open
to the public for viewing Thursday, August 19
from 10 a.m. until noon in Milne Hall, Milne
200, 135 Western Avenue, and again from 2 p.m.
to 4 p.m. for an interactive session, where
the conservators will explain their restoration
techniques and answer questions. The restoration
project is directed by Joyce Zucker, the painting
conservator for the New York State Office of
Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
at the Peebles Island Resource Center. The cost
of restoring the remaining 12 murals, which
will take approximately three years to complete,
is estimated at $110,000.
Lithgow also was known as an accomplished sculptor
and received numerous commissions, including
a statue of St. Andrew in the Albany Rural Cemetery
and the Spanish War Memorial on Henry Johnson
Boulevard. He painted the murals on regional
history on the ceiling of The State Bank of
Albany (now Fleet Bank on State Street). Born
in Scotland, Lithgow emigrated to New York City
in 1888. His first portrait commission was of
the actress Lily Langtry.
The first mural in the project, titled "Heyward
and His Female Companions," was restored
in 2003. The murals have always resided in the
room for which they were commissioned. Originally
the library for the Milne School, it is now
the Dr. Theodore H. Fossieck Milne Alumni Room.
The Milne School was part of the New York State
College for Teachers, which eventually became
the University at Albany.
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