Historic Champion Building’s Fish Mural Undergoes Restoration
Port Isabel, Texas
July 20, 2017
In 1906, just seven years after the 1899 construction of the Champion building, local fisherman and artist, Jose Morales was commissioned to paint a fish mural on the front of the 2-story structure. It was meant to promote sport fishing in the area. Over 200 images represent the species that can be found in the Laguna Madre Bay and the Gulf of Mexico off the beaches of South Padre Island.
Over the decades, the mural has been restored several times. Weather and other factors create conditions that require periodic restoration, so it was early in the spring of 2017 that plans were made to undergo this latest restoration. The Museums of Port Isabel has commissioned local artist, Angel Hernandez, to restore the 212 images that grace the building.
Other improvements also being made on the grounds of the Champion building includes the reconstruction of the walkway that leads to the Port Isabel Historical Museum entrance. Designed using the architectural details on the front of the Champion building, the walkway will feature the same millwork, proportions and colors that make up the gallery on the south side of the structure. The same contractor that reconstructed the gallery, Mr. Raul Loera, has been contracted to construct the walkway.
The Museums of Port Isabel will be fundraising for the historical fish mural. Those interested in participating can select the fish they would like to sponsor and contact Museum staff for payment processing. Selections are first come, first served. The project is estimated to be completed in the next couple of months. Plans are underway for an unveiling of the historic Champion building’s new improvements early Fall 2017.
For more information on the fish sponsorship, please visit: http://bit.ly/champbldg, email email@example.com or call 956/943-7602.
See what’s sold and what’s available: http://bit.ly/mopi-sold
City of Port Isabel Marketing Director