The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Rotunda is officially open! This past week EverGreene’s head conservator and Director of Restoration, Kim Lovejoy, was honored to serve as a special guest for the official re-opening press event yesterday, October 25th. Kim led tours of the mural and had the chance to share with museum patrons the story of our restoration process. The New York Times’ Edward Rothstein covered the reopening, below is an excerpt from his article describing the murals.
“And while the dueling barosaurus and allosaurus usually dominate the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda within, on this occasion we are lured to elaborate murals, partly hidden behind pillars, covering 5,200 square feet of the walls.
Freshly restored — their canvas was detaching from the mounts — they appear to be swirls of ocher and red-orange fantasy, a child’s picture book stretching upward, teeming with exoticism. There are mountain peaks and construction equipment, lions and zebras, surveying equipment and weaponry, Genghis Khan, Japanese warriors, a seated Buddha, a Boy Scout, scientific researchers and, again and again, Roosevelt.”
EverGreene was honored to be a part of the restoration for this historic site.
Click Here to read the rest of the New York Times article.
Click Here to read more about the murals and the rotunda on the American Museum of Natural History’s website.