New Mexico New Deal Sites June 2019 - Photo #19 - Albuquerque Little Theatre

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Albuquerque Little Theater, original fašade: "The front of the building was designed to have a sort of shallow porch. The upper walls of this recessed area were decorated with a fresco painting by Dorothy Stewart[1] of Santa Fe. She was assisted by Samuel Moreno, a Mexican artist then in Albuquerque. The painting covers 900 square feet of plaster, and, to quote the legend inscribed below, it depicts a Battle Scene between the Moors and Christians in the Drama of Los Moros."[2]. The mural was destroyed during a renovation [presumably the erection of the new fašade] "some years ago"[3]. The balconied window on the right is also seen in the 2014 image, indicating the original building still exists.
References
  1. Dorothy Stewart, Wikipedia, accessed 15 July 2019.
  2. Terry Ray, The Albuquerque Little Theatre, New Mexico Quarterly, Volume 30, Issue 1, 1960.
  3. Kathryn A. Flynn, Public Art and Architecture in New Mexico 1933-1943: A guide to the New Deal Legacy, Sunstone Press (2012), pp.29-30.