Work to begin on Walter Anderson mural preservation

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - By Rebecca Powers – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Walter Anderson's original works of art on the walls of the Ocean Springs Community Center will soon be preserved for generations to come. The City of Ocean Springs just got approval to begin renovations of the historic center. After years of work, the project finally has the funding it needs to move forward.

Renovations to the Community Center, so far, include exterior painting and exterior sealant, drainage, and installation of storm windows. New renovations will include repair and conservation of the murals, new air conditioning, sprinklers, security, glass railing, and new lighting.

Renovations to the interior are scheduled to start in November and should be complete by May 2011. An expansion of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art is also scheduled to take place at the same time.

All three phases of renovations to the Community Center have been funded by grants totaling nearly a half million dollars. The grant money comes from the National Park Service Save America's Treasures grant, the MS Department of Archives and History (MDAH) Heritage Preservation grant, and the MDAH Hurricane Katrina grant.

Local architect Dennis Cowart is leading the project in collaboration with museum architect and arts consultant Greg Free.

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