LAFAYETTE—A piece of Lafayette’s history is getting a bit of a facelift this month.
A Coca-Cola mural, which could be as old as from the 1940s, was discovered last June when a building was in the process of being demolished at 201 N. Public Rd. in Lafayette. Workers found the mural as they were removing asbestos siding.
“We had an inkling something was there, but we didn’t know absolutely for sure, so it was a really exciting discovery,” said Rebecca Schwendler, chair of the Historic Preservation Board in Lafayette. “The majority of the community came together and we’re really excited about saving it and learning about the history.”
The mural, which was painted on the side of the building, is being restored by Deborah Uhl and Lisa Capano. They estimate the work will take them the entire month of February. The team will not be adding any paint to the mural—instead they will be affixing any chipped or flaking paint with a tool called a tacking iron.
“Repainting it—it just wouldn’t have the character,” Uhl said.
Sally Martin, chair of the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority, says that negotiations are underway to get a new home for the sign. Even though it can’t be placed in the exact spot it came from, Martin said the sign will be put in a prominent position on Public Road.
“Can you imagine it not being conserved and reinstalled?” Martin said. “It’s unthinkable.”
The entire project, which includes moving the mural, conservation work, and reinstallation will cost tens of thousands of dollars. If you would like to donate, you’re asked to go to www.cityoflafayette.com/mural.
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