Crews uncover hidden murals on Peoria Heights building

Mar 22, 2016

Duryea automobile

Two murals painted on the exterior of a historic building in Peoria Heights have been uncovered as crews razed another structure to make way for a parking lot.

Crews working on a $4 million project last week discovered paintings of a Duryea automobile and women dancing in red dresses on the 121-year-old Hobart building. Developer Katie Kim says she hopes someone will come forward with information about the artwork.

Kim says the painting of the dancers likely will be sandblasted, but she doesn't know what will be done with the painting of the Duryea.

Over the past 12 decades, the building has served many purposes, including a boxing club, an artist enclave and the service area of Grayboy Motor Sports.