Mural Restoration Project

San Geronimo Valley Community Center MuralIn 1934, Maurice Del Mue created a mural in the original Lagunitas School building as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. This mural still exist today in the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, past home of Lagunitas School. This outstanding historical mural is 15 feet in length by 7 feet in height and is on permanent display in the Community Center lobby. It is one of five in Marin County created by Del Mue in the 1930’s and the only one still intact and on display.

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center recognizing the historical value and beauty of this piece, set forth a mural restoration project in April 2003 to professionally restore and conserve the piece. We raised sufficient funding to complete the restoration and conservation process. This funding came in the form of individual donations, the sale of prints of the mural and grants from both the Marin Community Foundation and The Rathmann Family Foundation. The San Geronimo Valley Lion’s Club donated $1,000 to install the new track lighting system to enhance the mural. The Community Center lobby was painted to complement the mural. The 1934 W.P.A. Mural in our lobby is now restored and protected with a glass display case. Please stop by the Community Center and enjoy this beautiful piece of artwork.

The Restoration

The restoration began on Monday, March 22, 2004 and included repair and preservation of the mural. Anne Rosenthal, a member of the American Institute of Conservation, who has worked with the San Francisco Arts Commission, collectors, and historical societies, was chosen to perform the restoration and preservation work. The restoration work was performed on-site and was an educational experience. School student tours took place and the general public was invited to view the work in progress.

SGVCC WPA Mural Restoration

Richard Lang, artist and owner of Trillium Press in San Francisco digitally modified the mural to depict how it would look once cleaned and restored and reproduced color-fast prints on archival paper of this exquisite mural. The prints are unframed 15in. x 30in. and sell for $300. The funds raised from the print sales will be directed towards our continuing arts programming. If you have questions or would like to purchase a print contact Larry Rippee, Arts Coordinator at (415) 488-8888 x252 or lrippee@sgvcc.org.