As walls of The Shed come down, so does community mural |

As walls of The Shed come down, so does community mural

by Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News
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About seven years ago, Katrina Larson spent two months of a summer painting the murals on the outside walls of The Shed.

Her brush created life-size images of local, historical characters and scenery; the walls became portraits reflecting the surrounding community.

Earlier this year, however, The Shed, a once popular restaurant and bar located in downtown Winter Park, closed its doors permanently and was bought by a development company a few months ago. The company, Winter Park Group, is proposing to develop 105 residential units and 20,000 square feet of commercial space on the Shed property and the two properties adjacent to the former restaurant.

The Shed building will need to be demolished to make way for the new development.

“I’m hoping someone will come forward to take the mural off the side and put it somewhere else,” said Larson, who teaches art at the Granby Elementary School.

“Maybe there’s a way to move it or break it up, and perhaps sell parts of it for charity.”

Kathy Spencer, planning assistant for the town of Winter Park, said for now the developer is looking to utilize the existing Shed building for its sales center and has no immediate plans to demolish the building.

“I commented (to the developer) that the murals really mean a lot to the community, and we would love to see if we could save them in one form or another,” Spencer said.

She added the developer did express interest in preserving the murals, but the conversation was only preliminary and she isn’t sure “where it will go from here.”

Larson, who also painted murals for the Fraser Valley Elementary School and has a degree in painting, hopes that someone will come up with an idea for the murals.

She’d hate to see them go, she said, but she’s encouraged; one company has already expressed interest in taking the murals.

“It sounds like we have time to figure out a way,” she said.

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