Duke Ellington Still Absent from the True Reformer Building on U Street


Back in May 2012 the iconic Duke Ellington mural was removed from the True Reformer building at 12th and U St, NW. At that time the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities issued a press release saying:

“Two weeks ago, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities took the first steps in restoring the famous G. Byron Peck mural of Duke Ellington on the True Reformer Building (1200 U Street, NW) to its original condition.

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities hired the fine arts services company, ARTEX, to remove, store and prep the mural for damage assessment. Restoration of the mural may take up to one year.”


An email sent to the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities asking for an update was not returned. Hopefully the great artwork by G. Byron Peck will be fully restored soon.

Photo by flickr user @mjb

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