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Artists honored for mural

August 26, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

Local artists who helped expand the mural at the Rochester parking lot were honored during Tuesday night's meeting of Hagerstown's mayor and City Council.

The expansion of the Rochester House mural was named the Mount Prospect mural because Mount Prospect was the name of the grounds on which the historic house sat, said lead artist Bettina Messersmith.

Messersmith, Zoe Baker, Christine Chaney, Amy Evans, Ryan Mahon and Ed Grove, manager of Duron Paints & Wallcoverings, were given certificates of appreciation from the city and the Washington County Arts Council. Duron Paints donated the paint.

The Mount Prospect mural at the corner of South Prospect and West Washington streets took eight weeks, Messersmith said.

The mural included more faux stonework with vines, flowers, a door and a courtyard as well as some personal touches by the artists, Messersmith said.

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A small crumpled Reese's wrapper was painted into the courtyard scene in honor of a woman who regularly stopped by while the artists were painting and brought them candy, Messersmith said.

The mural of the historic Rochester House was painted on the parking lot's retaining wall a year ago.

During the Civil War the Rochester House served as a makeshift hospital for Union and Confederate wounded. The house was sold to and razed by the City of Hagerstown in 1953 to provide off-street parking.

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