Artists, Michael and Ann Blanck are bringing the past back to life in Auglaize County. For the last seven months, the two have removed old layers of paint and repaired chipped murals in an effort to reveal the original look of the Auglaize County Courthouse.
"Our goal is to bring it back to what it once was. We we don't want to hotshot it too much. We want it to be exactly the way it was," said Michael Blanck.
The restoration process is time consuming. The courthouse contains six murals, extensively painted borders, and endless amounts of faux marbeling. But before paint brushes could come out, the couple needed to uncover how the more than 100 year old building was originally decorated.
"We strip the paint down to the first layer which reveals the original decorative scheme that the building was first painted with," said Ann Blanck.
However, who the original artists were or where they came from remains a mystery.
"As a mural artist, you don't use your name as your signature. It's more so the type of mural that you do that speaks as your signature," said Michael.
The Blanck's are spending long hours in the building to ensure the work of the unknown artists can be appreciated once again.
"It's usually a six day week. Now, towards the end, the last month we're pushing all seven days," said Michael.
Michael and Ann expect to be done by early May, but the entire $8 million restoration effort is scheduled to be finished by mid summer.