CPA Proposals & Projects

Historic Art & Artifacts

 

goals:

Restore historic works of art and historic artifacts owned by Newton as a community, for display in public spaces.

 

projects below:


WPA Mural

Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street, Newtonville, MA 02460

goals:

Restore a three-part 1930s mural by Maurice Compris, dedicated to the memory of Lt. Stafford Leighton Brown, a Newton High School graduate who died in France, in 1918 while serving as a test pilot in World War I. The mural was first installed in the original Newton High School's "classical" building, but only the central panel was displayed at the Newton North High School built in the 1970s. Display the restored mural at the current Newton North High School.

funding:

$114,900 CPA funds appropriated
 
 

contacts:

  • Cynthia Brown, Purchasing Manager, Newton Public Schools
    100 Walnut Street, Newtonville, MA 02460
    email: cindy_brown@newton.k12.ma.us
    phone: 617.559.9050
  • Jennifer Huntington, Volunteer, Newton Public Schools
    (Principal Emeritus, Newton North High School)
    email: granx4@gmail.com
    phone: 617.965.5063
 

Funding Process

12 September 2013 - pre-proposal, including photographs

10 October 2013 - minutes of CPC pre-proposal discussion

25 September 2015 - full proposal This large file may load slowly.  

5 November 2015 - presentation to CPC public hearing

24 November 2015 - CPC funding recommendation (incl. photos documenting the mural's original installation & current condition as of August 2015)

18 December 2015 - final project budget

21 December 2015 - Board order (appropriation)

Project News

17-29 December 2015 - Invitation for Bids from historic art conservators

This contract was awarded to Hartmann Fine Art Conservation Services (Carlisle, Pennsylvania), www.hartmannconservation.com/

July 2017- The restored mural has been installed in two locations at Newton North High School. Interpretive plaques explaining its history and significance are being prepared to hang near the paintings.

  • For a few photos of the installation process, click here.
  • For an image of the mural in its original full configuration, plus some background information about its history and significance, click here.

 


City Hall -

Veterans' Historic Artifacts

 

1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre, MA 02469

goals:

Assess and make recommendations for the preservation of the historic artifacts and displays designed for and installed in the public spaces of the War Memorial/Veterans' Wing of City Hall.

funding:

$19,000 CPA funding requested
 $355 value of contributed City staff time
This funding request was withdrawn in May 2014.
 

contacts:

 

Funding Process

3 June 2013 - pre-proposal

14 November 2013 - full proposal, including photographs

2 December 2013 - 3 February 2014 - attachments omitted from original proposal, ncluding Newton Historical Commission letter declaring these resources historically significant, and therefore eligible for CPA funding project manager's resume

11 April 2014 - additional attachments (community letter and complementary grant proposal for archives)

9 May 2014 - proposal withdrawn, with option for resubmission


City Hall -

Mayor Hyde Portrait

 

1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre, MA 02469

goals:

Restore for display the original 1870s oil portrait of James F. C. Hyde, who served as Newton's first mayor when the town became a city in 1873. Other paintings by this artist, Nahum Onthank, are displayed at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the Massachusetts Historical Society, Harvard University, the Worcester Art Museum, and the New England Historic Geneaological Society.

funding:

$5,200 CPA funds appropriated (historic resources)
 $4,700 CPA funds spent (unspent $400 returned to the Community Preservation Fund)
 
 

contacts:

 

Funding Process

September-October 2009 - Newton Historical Commission letter of support

16 December 2009 - public hearing presentation (photos, incl. historic art not included in this proposal)

1 March 2010 - additional estimates requested by the CPC

2 April 2010 - CPC funding recommendation

17 May 2010 - Board order (appropriation)

Project News

3 October 2011 - Restored portrait of Mayor Hyde re-dedicated in City Council Chamber, City Hall (photos)

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