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McCulloh Homes Celebrates the Restoration of Two Historic Statues

Mayor Rawlings-Blake recognizes residents for their dedication

(Baltimore, MD) Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano, residents, and community leaders gathered at McCulloh homes to celebrate the preservation of two iconic sculptures. The statues of a playing boy and girl, sculpted by Henry Berge, represent the community's greatest hopes. After more than 70 years of exposure to the elements, these fragile works of art had greatly deteriorated. In an effort lead by residents, Baltimore Housing was awarded $80,000 in preservation funding to replicate the sculptures. The statues were removed from the property and replicated by Steve Tatti Fine Arts Conservator. In December, residents and the community were on hand to see the statues return to their home.

McCulloh Homes Tenant Council members Monique Yates and June Johnson were the lead supporters in bringing this project to fruition. Their commitment encouraged Baltimore Housing to seek funding from the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP). Baltimore Housing worked in conjunction with CHAP to coordinate and manage the project.

"The replication of these historic statues has helped restore the beauty of McCulloh Homes and provide residents with museum quality art that they can enjoy for many years to come," said Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano.

McCulloh Homes is a family and mixed population development consisting of 970 units located near State Center. Steve Tatti Fine Arts Conservator has been at the forefront of fine art conservation for over 30 years. The company has restored thousands of pieces for auction houses, galleries, museums, municipalities, and private clients. In 2011, Steve Tatti restored the nearly 200-year-old Battle Monument located across from the Clarence M. Mitchell Courthouse in downtown Baltimore.

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