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Preserving the Phoenix DeGrazia Murals: Here's What We Know

While the trio of petitioners who've so far gathered just over 900 signatures continue to hope for a final-hour reprieve on the fate of the building at 222 East Roosevelt, home of the GreenHaus until Cole and Dayna Reed move their business to Portland, there's no real reason to expect it won't be demolished. Still, there's some good news -- but bad news as well. Here's what we know:

Baron Properties of Denver, which is building a residential property at 222 East Roosevelt Street and an adjacent lot to the east on the corner of Roosevelt and Third streets, tells us that we'll all get a chance to see the building's two interior murals painted by Ted DeGrazia before the walls come tumbling down. The largest mural features various scenes of people making or using alcohol. It was signed by DeGrazia and dates from 1950, according to Dayna Reed, who says Baron Properties has been "very proactive and inquisitive regarding the murals." A smaller mural, depicting a dancer inside what's been described as both a champagne glass and a martini glass, is believed to have been painted at the same time.

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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