Virginia Historical Society Military Murals Conservation Underway
The Virginia Historical Society has embarked on the conservation of the Charles Hoffbauer Memorial Military Murals. The effort is supported by Save America's Treasures through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service. The talented team of conservators from Richmond Conservation Studio have been hard at work restoring the important large-scale pieces of Civil War artwork that were painted between 1913 and 1920. The delicate work of not only cleaning but also repairing areas where the paint layers are flaking and where glued canvas has detached from the plaster wall will take several years, but the results will be spectacular when completed. The huge murals that surround gallery visitors on all four walls depict historic Civil War battle scenes. The Virginia Historical Society is a short walk from Maury Place at Monument.