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Historic mural in SW Portland to be preserved during building remodel

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A well-known mural of historic Oregon scenes at the Sovereign Hotel located on the corner of SW Madison and Broadway will be impacted by the renovation of the hotel beginning this week, according to the Oregon Historical Society.

The 14,000 square foot mural is made of Keim silicate paint, and was originally commissioned by the Oregon Historical Society in 1989.

The Sovereign Hotel building was sold in 2014 by the OHS to 1992 Sovereign LCC, but the Oregon Historical Society retained ownership of the mural.

"The mural has been a fixture on the Portland Park Blocks for nearly a century and is a true Portland icon," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk.

The sale agreement anticipated that the repairs that had to be made to the building would impact the mural, so the mural will be preserved at the expense of both the OHS and 1992 Sovereign LCC.

"Our visitors frequently comment on their love of the mural, and we are excited to work with 1922 Sovereign LLC to ensure that it will be restored to its full glory."

"We are thrilled to work so closely with the Oregon Historical Society and an incredibly experienced and talented team in preserving this landmark," said Gary Maffei of 1922 Sovereign LLC.

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