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Champion Building Fish Mural Restoration

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Historic Champion Building’s Fish Mural Undergoes Restoration

Port Isabel, Texas

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.

Restoration of the Champion Building Fish Mural

 

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 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.

The Fish Mural was celebrated on October 27th at 7 p.m. Festivities will include recognition of the donors and a presentation of the history of the fish mural. Details to follow. For more information on the fish sponsorship, please visit: http://bit.ly/champbldg, email info@portisabel-texas.com or call 956/943-7602.

See what’s sold and what’s available: http://bit.ly/mopi-sold

Donors:

Image # Species Donor
1 Background The Sherwin-Williams Company
1750 State Highway 100, Ste C
Port Isabel, Texas
2 Striped Mullet
3 Florida Pompano
4 Antlantic Spadefish
5 Spanish Mackeral
6 Gray Angelfish
7 Gag Grouper
8 Blacksaddled Coral Grouper?
9
10 Blacksaddled Coral Grouper?
11 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper? The Gorball Girls 85
12 Red Snapper Gary, Ellen & Monica Snider 85
13 Striped Bass
14 Spotted Sea Trout
15 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper?
16 White Pelican Mary Ann & Roger Brown 200
17 Crevalle Jack
18 Wahoo
19 Blacktip Shark In Memory of
Bobby Marchan
85
20 Southern Stingray First United Methodist Church
Port Isabel
85
21 Longnose Gar
22 Green Sea Turtle(?) Possible Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Inc.
In Honor of Ila Fox Loetscher
and Our Volunteers
85
23 Sheepshead
24 Rock Hind
25 Atlantic Spadefish
26 Clearnose Skate Port Isabel
Chamber of Commerce
Ambassadors
85
27 Ocean Sunfish
28 Striped Bass
29 Tiger Shark?
30 Black Grouper? (may be a Gag)
31 Snook
32 Red Grouper
33 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper?
34
35 Greater Amberjack
36
37 Gag Grouper
38 Ocean Sunfish
39 Green Sea Turtle? Possible Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Inc.
Established 1977
South Padre Island, TX
85
40 Southern Kingfish
41 Snook Jasper’s Casino
Port Isabel, Texas
85
42 Rock Beauty
43 Green Sea Turtle? Possible Loggerhead The Collier Family
Kevin, Kristi & Kirby
200
44
45 Striped Mullet
46 Atlantic Croaker
47 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper? Robert & Linda Cutter 85
48 Atlantic (?) Flying Fish
49 Atlantic Spadefish  Mel & Donna Poyzer 85
50
51 Spotted Sea Trout Mr. & Mrs. Cary Causey 85
52 Gag Grouper In Memory of
Mr. & Mrs. Archie Causey
85
53 Southern Flounder? Joe & Lu Human 85
54 Red Grouper
55 Cobia
56 Mutton Snapper
57
58
59 Sandbar Shark? (very large dorsal)
60 Karen Causey & Family 85
61 Kim Causey Manos & Family 85
62 Atlantic Croaker Curtis Causey & Family 85
63 Greater Amberjack Alice Mansfield 85
64 Frigatebird In Memory of Alan H. Coburn
Valerie Bates
200
65
66 Striped Mullet
67
68 Southern Kingfish
69 Gag Grouper
70 Gray Snapper
71 Spanish Mackeral
72 Robert & Linda Cutter 85
73 Spotted Sea Trout In Memory of
Captain Dick Dennis
of the Altered Attitude
85
74 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper?
75 Blacksaddled Coral Grouper?
76 Rock Beauty
77 Atlantic Torpedo?
78 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper?
79 Blue Crab Gary, Ellen & Monica Snider 85
80 Striped Bass
81 Rock Hind Kim & Anrita Baier Family 85
82 Gag Grouper
83 Red Snapper In Memory of
Sue Randall Dennis
of the Altered Attitude
84 Atlantic? Flying Fish
85 Snook
86 Southern Flounder? In Memory of
Sue Randall Dennis
of the Altered Attitude
85
87 Goliath Grouper?
88 Wahoo Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
89 Caribbean Reef Squid Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
90 Spanish Mackeral Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
91 Shark Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
92 Greater Amberjack Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
93 Gray Triggerfish Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
94 Southern Hake Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
95 Blackwing Flying Fish
96 Rock Beauty
97
98 Clearnose Skate
99 Spotted Sea Trout
100 Florida Pompano
101 Shark Joshua & Elsa, Joseph, Juan, Elyssa & Jacob
Garza Family
85
102 Mutton Snapper?
103
104 Red Snapper
105 Striped Bass
106 Ocean Sunfish
107 Gag Grouper
108 Atlantic Croaker
109 Red Grouper First United Methodist Church
Port Isabel
85
110
111 Snook
112 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper?
113 Red Snapper
114 Snook
115 Red Snapper Uvaldo (Val) Champion Jr. 85
116 Atlantic Spadefish Suzanne Champion 85
117 Annemarie Champion Brand 85
118 Gray Triggerfish Joseph B. Champion 85
119 Crevalle Jack
120
121
122 Bald Eagle Southwind Inn 200
123 White Marlin In Memory of my Beloved Mother
Leonor Pro Meza who Adored &
Enjoyed Port Isabel, Ed Pro Meza
85
124 Wahoo
125 Spanish Mackeral
126 Florida Pompano
127 Red Drum Joe & Lu Human 85
128 Gray Triggerfish
129 Blacksaddled Coral Grouper?
130 Gag Grouper
131 Rock Beauty First United Methodist Church
Port Isabel
85
132 Atlantic Croaker Wayne (Tex)
Hueppelshauser
Special Friend, Bobby Wells
85
133 Greater Amberjack For my dear Port Isabellian,
Amber Shintaku-Bates
Valerie Bates
85
134 Cobia
135 Rock Hind
136 Gag Grouper In Memoriam of
Richard Gorball
From his Family
85
137 Red Grouper? The Benito Longoria Family 85
138 Clearnose Skate Norma & Manuel Hinojosa 85
139 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper? In Memory of
Martha Longoria Champion
85
140 Wahoo Charlotte & Edward
Champion
85
141 Spotted Sea Trout The Jacobs Family
Bill, Linda
Lily, James, Justine
85
142 Atlantic Spadefish In Memory of
John Chano & Elvira Guerra
Champion
85
143 Blackfin or Yellowfin Tuna Christopher Champion 85
144 Red Grouper? Sarah & Jake Champion 85
145 Tripletail Carlos & Patricia Champion 85
146 Fred & Benita Longoria Champion 85
147 Jason & Cristina Champion Sims 85
148 Black Tip Shark From Mary Bertha
Granddaughter & Daughter of
Charles & Bertha Champion
200
149 Goosefish? Debbie Green for Grandparents
LaVerne & Phyllis Bedell and
Carmen & Emery Green Sr.
85
150 Striped Sea Bass
151 Blacktip Shark Richard Champion 85
152 Snook In Memory of Jesus R. Zurita
Juan V. Zurita & Adan O. Zurita
From Inocente Zurita & Family
85
153 Spanish Mackeral  Darlene Coates 85
154 Mutton Snapper?
155 Rock Beauty In Memory of
Rev. Claude & Mary Hennessee
By David & Sam Hennessee
85
156 Las Ventanas Condominiums
HOA
South Padre Island
85
157 Crevalle Jack  Darlene Coates 85
158 Florida Pompano  Darlene Coates 85
159 Atlantic Torpedo? Duane A. Rasmussen 85
160 Tarpon Barbara “Bobby” Wells 500
161 Sheepshead In Memory of
Uvaldo & Bertha Champion
From Mr. & Mrs. Ed. L. Ayers Jr.
85
162 Flounder M. N. Caudill 85
163 Spotted Sea Trout In Honor of Mr. & Mrs. Sanders
Leo & Nancy
85
164 Black Drum Our lovely daughter, April Lee Champion Ayers 85
165 Roundel Skate Edith R. Rasmussen 85
166 Red Drum  Darlene Coates 85
167 Striped Mullet
168 Goosefish Emery Green III In Honor of
LaVerne & Phyllis Bedell and
Carmen & Emery Green Sr.
85
169 Shark Israel “Winnie” Gonzalez
Mary O. Gonzalez
200
170 White Shrimp Brazos Fisheries
by the Cateora Family
85
171 Gulf Menhaden
172 Striped Bass
173 Ocean Sunfish George & Virginia Haynie Gause 85
174 Red Drum Joseph, Samantha, Ashley &
Stephanie Saenz . Descendents of
Mary Katherine Champion Saenz
85
175 Snook Joe & Miros Saenz
Son of
Mary Katherine Champion Saenz
85
176 Florida Pompano
177 Atlantic Spadefish Perry Jr. & Mary Aby 85
178 Dolphinfish (aka Mahi) Laguna Madre Art League 85
179 Gag Grouper  Steve Bearden – Port Isabel San Benito Navigation District 85
180 Sailfish Donated by the
Frank D. Yturria Family
700
181 Hardhead Catfish
182 Crevalle Jack
183 Gulf Flounder Laguna Madre Museum Foundation 85
184 Sheepshead Greg & Shari Atwell
Chase and Travis, Descendants of
Joanne Champion Van Cleave
85
185 Red Snapper In Memory of my Husband
Albert L. Scharen
85
186
187 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper? Chase & Alexis Atwell
Piper Atwell, 3x GG-Daughter
of Charles A. Champion
85
188
189 Blue Angelfish St. Andrew’s by the Sea Episcopal Church 85
190 Tarpon Carlos & Jeannie Flores
Julisa, Tommy & Steve Rivera
85
191 Red Drum Arnulfo Aguilar Villarreal & Family 85
192 Scaled Sardine
193
194 Blackwing? Flying Fish Debbie Green for Grandparents
LaVerne & Phyllis Bedell and
Carmen & Emery Green Sr.
85
195 Black Tip Shark
196
197 Striped Sea Bass Anonymous 85
198 M. N. Caudill 85
199 Southern Hake
200 Gofftopsail Catfish First United Methodist Church
Port Isabel
85
201 Lightening Whelk
202 Ocean Sunfish Tim & Linda Sanderson
daughter of
Mary Katherine Champion Saenz
85
203 Blue Crab The Reed Children
in Honor of their Parents
Howard and Cecelia Reed
85
204 Florida Pompano
205 Crab Anonymous 85
206 Lookdown Louis & Shirley Champion
Kathy, Tom, Terry
and Freddy
85
207 Mako/Tiger Shark Justin & Amy Champion
Miles Champion
Mason & Mackenzie White
85
208 Clearnose Skate Rey & Rose Champion 85
209 Spotted Sea Trout Brett & Jenilee Champion
Augustus Champion
85
210 Manta Ray Charles & Katy Champion
Charlie, Louis, Joann
Mary & Fred
600
211 Greater Amberjack
212 Snook Calvin & Sandra Byrd 85
213 Lighthouse In Loving Memory of my
Husband Robert & Son Rex,
Gloria Bates
200

Contact Information:

Jeannie Flores, Museum Director
956/943-7602
museumdirector@copitx.com

Port Isabel Lighthouse featured on The Texas Bucket List

Season 6 Episode airs this weekend Saturday (2/6) 6:30 p.m. & Sunday (2/7) 6:30 a.m. on KRGV. This episode features the Port Isabel Lighthouse! See preview below…

Museums of Port Isabel offers new Sunday hours

The Museums of Port Isabel is now open on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Effective immediately and including the Port Isabel Historical Museum and the Treasures of the Gulf Museum (317 E. Railroad Avenue) are fully staffed and able to extend their hours of business beyond the Tuesday through Saturday schedule.  Combination tickets purchased on Sunday can now be applied to each of the three sites which include the Port Isabel Historic Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is open daily, weather permitting. Lighthouse Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Museum Director Jeannie Marie A. Flores at 956/943-7602 or email museumdirector@copitx.com.

Individual Site Ticket:
to the Port Isabel Lighthouse OR the Treasures of the Gulf Museum
OR the Port Isabel Historical Museum.

  • Adults: $3.00
  • Senior Citizens*: $2.00
  • Students**: $1.00
  • Children 4 & Under (must be at least 38″ and 4 years old tall to climb the lighthouse): Free
  • Museum Member***: Free

Combination Site Ticket:
to the Port Isabel Lighthouse AND the Treasures of the Gulf Museum
AND the Port Isabel Historical Museum.

  • Adults: $7.00
  • Senior Citizens*: $5.00
  • Students**: $2.00
  • Children 4 & Under (must be at least 38? tall to climb the lighthouse): Free
  • Museum Member***: Free

Planning a Tour? For rates and information regarding organization and school group tours call Jeannie Marie A. Flores at 956/943-7602 or email: museumdirector@copitx.com. Tour form here> mopi_tour_infoform.

*Senior Citizens (55 & over); **Students (K – College with ID); ***Museum Member (with Membership Card)

All ticket sales are final. Tickets can be purchased at any of the Museum facilities or at the Visitors Center in the Keepers Cottage and need not be redeemed in the same visit.