Miami — Efforts to beautify Miami will be getting a big boost this year as Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum administrators prepare to use a $112,591 grant from Freeport-McMoRan to restore and renovate the historic landmark.
One of the most important considerations will be what color to paint the former school building, which dominates the west end of the town.
Museum Board President Joe Sanchez, Executive Director Tom Foster and other museum board members have been researching what they referred to as a “historical paint pallet of neutral color schemes.”
Foster said over the years, Bullion has ranged in color from an institutional green popular in the 1920s to a concrete gray. He said the museum board needs to consider the size of the building in their planning and choose something that “looks historically accurate but doesn’t stand out so it’s garish.” Nevertheless museum officials want to start the painting soon to avoid the “unbearably hot” weather expected in summer.
In addition to the new face, there will also be renovation and restoration to the interior — especially the first floor of the south wing. Sanchez pointed out that the south wing is the section to the left as you enter the building. Work has already begun in that section via the museum’s volunteers. This is the area that houses Miami’s share of the Rose Mofford memorabilia and the future home of the Slav exhibit.
Carpeting will be replaced. Hardwood floors will be sanded and refinished. Blinds and lights will be installed. Broken windows will be replaced. Toward the end of the project, heating and air conditioning will be installed.
Sanchez said the museum wants to employ local contractors to get the job done. “We’re so excited about this,” he said. “The building belongs to this town and this community…Our museum board members and volunteers are excited to get to work on this.”
Sanchez said he was asking for the Town Council’s approval to get working on the project. Town Mayor Rosemary Castaneda said the town council would like to see the colors the museum is considering. “This is a gift to the whole community and it’s going to be beautiful,” she said. “The museum is so lucky to have the people working and I know whoever does this is not going to do it for what they could get elsewhere.”
The town council gave their unanimous approval and the audience applauded.
On a side note, Sanchez told the Arizona Silver Belt that the historic wrap around mural that once housed the school’s library and now shelters the museum’s heritage room will not only be preserved but a separate grant is being employed to restore it. Local artist Marianne Collins is expected to complete the project through a separate grant. Collins is well known for her whimsical paintings of cats throughout the town.For the complete article see the 03-28-2012 issue.
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