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Anita Spires (Class of 1966) points out some details of the Denise Schluter Mural to five other students.They are, from left, Ann Robinson, Carol Paulsen, Alicia Bushnell, Phyllis Goodman and Susan Hillier Ellis.

The auctioning of the time and skills of faculty and staff was a fund raising idea of the Student Council. In the Fall of 1955, Mrs. Denise Schluter (who taught English and was housemother in Bell House) offered her artistic skill by painting a mural for the highest bidding house. Houghton Hall was the winner and she partly based the subjects depicted on life of the cooperative dormitory. It was hung on the wall of the "smoker" until Houghton Hall was no longer used as a dormitory. It was moved to the foyer outside the recreational lounge in Alexander Hall. Later it was moved to Alumni Hall.

In 2016 the mural was cleaned and restored, and was rehung in the Sternberg Room of Alumni Hall.


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Size of Original

10 inches x 8 1/16 inches


Anita Spires, Ann Robinson, Carol Paulsen, Alicia Bushnell, Phyllis Goodman, Susan Hillier Ellis

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Mural, Houghton Hall, auction, Alexander Hall, Alumni Hall, Bell House



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