Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is headlining an event to raise funds for the restoration of mayoral portraits, some of which are over a century old.
Taveras will co-chair the fundraiser on Thursday evening along with City Councilman Terrence Hassett. Hassett calls the portraits historic and priceless and says some go back to the Civil War.
A portrait restoration project was among the recommendations of a committee that studied archival storage after some of the city’s paintings and documents suffered water damage in 2009.
City Archivist Paul Campbell has called the portraits valuable cultural resources and said they need to be restored to their “original grandeur.”
The fundraiser will take place at the GTECH building.