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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > May 2015 > Newly Restored Mayoral Portraits

Newly Restored Mayoral Portraits

Mayor Byron W. Brown, along with members of the Buffalo Arts Commission, showcased five newly restored Mayoral portraits and one lithograph, which will be on display at Buffalo City Hall.  The portraits, dating back to as early as the pre-Civil War period, were restored by the local company ConservArt and paper conservator Laura Schell was responsible for the lithograph.  The full restoration was completed at a cost of $22,271.  At the direction of Mayor Brown, the Buffalo Arts Commission authorized the use of capital bond funds to pay for the project.

"The mayoral portraits represent an important part of our city's heritage and we must make every effort to ensure that they are preserved for future generations," stated Mayor Brown.  “My administration has consistently advocated for the preservation and conservation of these artistic treasures and today we reaffirmed our commitment to these cultural and historical artifacts.”

Buffalo Arts Commission Chair Catherine Gillespie reiterated that, “The Buffalo Arts Commission is proud to have the opportunity to be responsible for the maintenance of the mayoral portraits – a very important element of the public art collection.”  She went on to add that, “Our board works extremely hard to make sure that citizens of our city can enjoy the beautiful legacy of art that is embodied in these works of art.”

Mr. Kevin Gleason and Ms. Julia Bogacki of ConservArt restored the following mayoral portraits:  Mayor Henry K. Smith, Mayor Jonathan Scoville, Mayor Isaac R. Harrington, Mayor Charles F. Bishop and Mayor Alexander Brush. Paper conservator Laura Schell was responsible for the restoration of the lithograph, “Mayor and Common Council 1860.”  This delicate work displays a rendering of Mayor Franklin Alberger and the elected Common Council of that year.

Now that the approximately sixteen month process of restoration has been completed, the portraits will be proudly displayed in the City Hall Treasury Department and the Common Council Chambers.

Buffalo’s impressive collection of mayoral portraits dates back to the 1830s and includes the city’s first mayor Ebenezer Johnson.