- Sunday | September 30, 2018
- 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
- Manchester Community Library Commons 138 Cemetery Ave, Manchester Center, VT 05255
A large mural painted by Fritz Dillmann in 1951 was rescued from destruction by local contractor Brent Herrmann several years ago when he was demolishing the old Abbot and Staples gas station building on Main Street. Herrmann kindly stored it for Manchester Historical Society until now. This summer MHS took the mural out of storage and commissioned Wood & Signs in East Dorset, VT to complete a painstaking restoration. Painted on plaster and lathe, the 16-foot long mural has been stabilized and framed, and will be installed above the café window in the MCL Commons with an interpretive panel. Two of Dillmann’s daughters will attend the public unveiling. Light refreshments will be served at the event.
“Fritz Dillmann has been painting an extremely interesting and novel mural map on the upper part of one of the walls in the new Johnson Shell service station. The map depicts U.S. Route 7 through this area and the various connecting routes. The map is embellished with characteristic Dillmann sketches.” — Clipping from the Manchester Journal, January 18, 1951.