Murals in Downtown Mount Vernon

The Landmarks Foundation is excited to bring the following murals to downtown Mount Vernon! 

Completed in the fall of 2016, this mural celebrates the history of theater from outdoor Greek theater to the dazzling lights of Broadway. This mural also celebrates Knox County's rich history of performance with a theater similar to Mount Vernon's Woodward Opera House (center). It is also painted on side of local theater troupe MTV Arts' newly remodeled practice and storage facility on East Ohio Avenue. Mount Vernon Nazarene art professor John Donnelly painted downtown's latest mural.

Representing a look down South Main Street from Public Square, this mural depicts Mount Vernon's downtown around 1910. In the foreground is the Hotel Curtis and the Knox National Bank. The Woodward Opera House is visible halfway down on the right side and the Landmarks Foundation home, IOOF Hall, can be seen on the left with the tall obelisks sticking up from the cornice. This trompe l'oeil painting is designed to represent the buildings in a three dimensional way and to draw the eye toward the center of the painting and to the Kokosing River in the background. Completed in 2015, this mural was painted by former Knox County resident David Stowell and can be found on the east side of the Flowers-4-You Building at the corner of East Gambier and South Gay Streets.

Completed by former Knox County resident David Stowell in 2014, downtown's first mural is easy to miss as it blends in with the second floors of businesses on South Main Street. It is meant to recreate the storefront as it looked in 1910. The best place to this mural is stand in front of the Alcove Restaurant and look up across the street. 

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