Historic Cortez Building, New Murals

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These are the new murals I designed and painted in a refurbished hallway of the Cortez Building, downtown El Paso. My designs used some of the motifs from the original painted ceilings and decorative plaster work in the building’s main foyer. I used a template from one of the original ceilings I had restored in the new ceiling design, but gave it a more contemporary look. The map is my 4’ x 3’ hand-painted version of an 1885 ‘bird’s-eye’ view of El Paso. I changed the map legend to include the ‘Future site of the Cortez Building' which was built in 1928.

© Stephanie 2013