The contents of this website are an expression of my thoughts alone. They don't represent anyone associated with the Louisa Hotel. I am the sole organizer of saving the murals - I have not and will not receive any funds associated with saving the murals or with the Louisa Hotel. I am, however, held accountable for all costs and assume all risks and liability associated with the murals.
These murals were discovered recently, so no one planned for them. There is no money allocated for them in an already tight renovation budget. Our amazing architect has put in work pro-bono to help save them and for this, I am forever grateful. This would not be possible without him. Our interior designer has also put in work pro-bono to help design the lighting. I am also thankful for all the historians who have offered me historical information to help with the grant writing process. A team of project managers and friends who help me proof-read and are readily available for advice. I am also thankful for an ownership team that will allow me to take on the privilege of saving the murals.
Right when we found out the murals were slated for demolition, I immediately fought to be able to pay for the relocation of an exit. The architect was able to locate and desgined the plans to build another exit in the alley of the building, saving the mural staircase. We need the funds to pay for that exit relocation. I had to commit to paying for that right away to ensure the murals didn't get demolished. I've already spent my life savings towards this building since the fire. If I can't raise the money, I will have to cash in my 401k just to be able to produce the funds to save the mural staircase from demolition. It's my back-up plan of fundraising under-performs. This is how much I believe in the preservation of this history, I am willing to put everything into it. It will still not be enough.
As a former journalist, I believe that the voiceless have a voice, it's up to us to amplify it. These murals are still here and they have a story to tell. We must preserve them and honor them as a part of our community story, a part of our heritage. I am asking for your help because I can't do this by myself. I really wish I could. I hope you will consider helping me.