Saturday, July 9, 2011

Cullman in the 1880s mural being restored

The exterior wall of the building housing the "Cullman in the 1880s" mural, which houses the offices of the Hames Law Firm has been restored after damage caused by the April 27, 2011 tornado. The artist who painted the mural, Jack Tupper, has said he will repaint the portion of the mural that was destroyed. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Most, if not all, of the original bricks from the building appear to have been saved, as can be seen evidenced in the photo below as Tupper's handiwork appears in haphazard fashion. (It is possible some of the bricks that appear unpainted may be turned backward from their original position, or some may have been lost or destroyed.)

Below are photos of the finished work before the tornado struck and the building after the destruction. You can see the mural at 427 Second Ave. SW. It includes pictures of Kinney Horse and Mule Barn, First Fire Station, Werdt's German Restaurant, Dinckelberg's Santa Claus Store and the First County Courthouse.


  1. I would almost like to see an "overlay" of sorts to commemorate the "survival" of the town from that horrible day. (Kudos to the artist anyway-- this is a wonderful mural.)

  2. It also would have been cool to have been able to have matched whatever bricks survived back to their original places. Some are very close as you can see in the second photo. I realize, however, this would be a Herculean task.