Blaze Spares 30-foot Mural in San Antonio

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - A fire that destroyed a historic San Antonio building has spared a 30-foot mural painted by a Hill Country landscape artist more than 50 years ago.

Saturday's fire destroyed the 131-year-old Wolfson Building and damaged an adjacent building. But on Monday, historians and the Wolfson's owner were optimistic about the condition of Porfirio Salinas' "Spring Scene of Texas Hill Country."

Paul Carter, the building's owner, says while surveying damage, "the sunlight came through the roof and shined on the field of bluebonnets."

The mural, given to the Witte Museum in 2007, was on display at the Wolfson until the completion of a museum expansion next year.

Peeking into the Wolfson, Witte curator Amy Fulkerson tells the San Antonio Express-News, "To see what we're seeing through the windows is encouraging."

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