Capitol centennial June 4-5 shows off new murals

New murals are being installed this week in the state Capitol in Frankfort in preparation for the building’s centennial celebration June 4-5.

I took this photo of the installation Wednesday from the balcony around the base of the dome, high above the rotunda. (Click on the photo for a larger view.)

Evergreene Architectural Arts in New York created the murals for the four pendentive corners between the rotunda and dome.  Murals were always intended for those corners, which have been blank since the Capitol opened in 1910. People just never got around to it — until now.

The murals were created and installed thanks to a gift of nearly $300,000 from Marion Forcht, an active member of the Kentucky Historic Properties Advisory Commission, and her husband, Corbin banker Terry Forcht.

The centennial celebration June 4-5 will include a Gala ball ($75 per person) on Friday night and family activities on the capitol grounds Saturday. For more information, go to: www.capitol.ky.gov. For Gala tickets, call (502) 564-5500.

I’ll be writing more about the Capitol’s centennial and murals in Communities section of the June 2 Herald-Leader. You can read it here, too. Click here to read a piece I wrote about the project in January.