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Say Goodbye to Ted DeGrazia and Lauren Lee's Roosevelt Row Murals

After Cole and Dayna Reed closed their Phoenix GreenHAUS and relocated to Portland, windows that once allowed passersby to peek into the building at 222 E. Roosevelt were covered. It wasn't apparent from the street, but interior demolition of the building began on February 12. Baron Properties, the company that bought the 222 property and a neighboring structure, will tear down the buildings to make way for a 111-unit apartment complex called iLuminate. Despite public outcry, including a protest and an online petition, only the smaller of two Ted DeGrazia murals, the one portraying a dancer, inside the 222 building will be salvaged.

DeGrazia painted the murals, the larger of which depicts the history of alcohol, more than a half-century ago. The public will be able to see both of them during Art Detour on Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7. Baron authorized Artlink to include the murals on the 2015 Art Detour line-up. Lauren Lee's Three Birds mural also will be destroyed in the demolition of the 222 building. The exterior piece was commissioned by the Reeds when they first opened their gallery and boutique.

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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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