Restoration Begins On Historic State Theater Murals

CLEVELAND (AP) - Restoration work began Monday on the grand murals in the lobby of the State Theater in Cleveland's Playhouse Square.

The four murals, painted in the 1920s, are believed to be the only remaining originals by American painter James Daugherty.

The murals -- called "The Four Continents" -- depict drama and pageantry in Europe, Asia, Africa and America.

Professor William Agee of Hunter College in New York City says that the Cleveland murals are a great historical discovery and are unique to the nation. Most of the great murals of the 20s and 30s were destroyed, removed or forgotten, Agee says.

The restoration project will cost about $200,000 and last until the fall.

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