Paintings of Historic Sites in Watertown
In the 1970s, Watertown Savings Bank commissioned muralist Samuel Emrys Evans to create a series of paintings for the walls of the bank at 60 Main St. in Watertown Square representing Watertown’s history. Mr. Evans used the historic photograph archive of the Watertown Free Public Library and chose nine subjects to paint.
Watertown Savings Bank recently renovated the bank lobby, displacing the 4’ x 8’ paintings. Through the efforts of Carole Katz, Vice President of Marketing for Watertown Savings Bank and Joyce Kelly of the Historical Society of Watertown, most of the Evans paintings have been donated to the Town of Watertown.
Earlier this year, one of the paintings was placed in Brigham House. Last month two more were placed in the Coolidge Apartments, both town-owned buildings.
Last week, three more paintings were delivered. “The Galen Street Bridge” went to the new Police Station on Main Street. Two others went to the Town Hall: The “Town Meeting Day” painting is in the Managers outer office, and the “S.S. Watertown” painting is in the 3rd floor hallway.
Paintings of the Gore Mansion and of Perkins School for the Blind have been donated to those organizations.
A booklet is being produced by Carole Katz and the Watertown Savings Bank with help from the Historical Society of Watertown depicting and describing the 9 paintings and their locations in town. A slideshow presentation about the paintings will be presented by the Historical Society in early 2013 at the Coolidge School auditorium. The public will be invited.