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California Masonic Memorial Temple

  • Northern California

In 1957, American artist Emile Norman completed his largest art piece: a 38-foot by 48-foot, decorative mural window hung in San Francisco’s Masonic Temple. The mural consists of 45 acrylic panels arranged in five vertical and nine horizontal rows. These panels are assemblies consisting of two acrylic sheets, one slightly textured, the other clear, with a middle layer of small pieces of colored acrylic creating a mosaic effect. At the request of the client, the California Masonic Memorial Temple, ARG performed a survey of the deteriorating murals and recommended treatment to extend the life of the panels. Conservation efforts involved removal of each panel from its frame to allow conservators to restore the displaced design material; treatment of the discoloration and delamination; and reinstallation into the original positions.