The Burlington Lost Shul Mural Project and Ohavi Zedek Synagogue have been recognized by Preservation Burlington with its 2015 Preservation award for Institutional Property “in recognition of the extensive and painstaking work your synagogue and community has taken the time, energy, and effort to complete.”
Aaron Goldberg, founder and co-director of the Lost Shul Mural Project, has overseen more than two years of conservation and engineering work culminating last May in the physical move of the mural to its new home at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue. Thrilled to learn of the award, Goldberg said that “We are truly appreciative of the honor from Preservation Burlington, especially since we believe that, though now installed at Ohavi Zedek, the mural is an important part of the city’s history and art and so belongs to everyone here.” He then pointed out that the work is not done. “We have saved the mural and moved it, but we are only halfway through the total project which will see the mural fully restored and the center of a wide-ranging educational and exhibition program,” he said. Fund raising for these next phases of work has begun and work will continue throughout 2016.
The award presentation will take place at the organization’s Annual Preservation Awards scheduled for the evening of February 17th, 7-9 p.m. at the Film House at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center (60 Lake Street, Burlington, VT). Gov. Madeleine Kunin will accept the award on the project’s behalf. All are welcome to attend this free event and program.
Each year, Preservation Burlington recognizes owners of historic buildings who represent outstanding efforts in preservation, restoration, rehabilitation or reconstruction in Burlington at its annual awards program. This year the evening will include an illustrated overview of Vermont architecture by Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, co-authors of Buildings of Vermont (Univ. of Virginia Press, 2014).
For more information on the Lost Shul Mural project and related topics about history and art, or to make a donation, visit the project website at www.lostshulmural.org.