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Historic Murals at Citibank

Views of a bygone era in Cow Bay.

Visitors to the Port Washington branch of can get glimpses into life on the Cow Bay peninsula in the early 1900s, when the area was largely a seaside resort.

In 1961 renowned artist, William "Willie" Joseph Taglieri, III, was commissioned by what was then Franklin National Bank to paint a series of four large scale murals depicting popular sites in town as they might have appeared in a bygone era.  He was inspired by vintage photos and his work brings to mind French artists such as Camille Pissaro and Maurice Utrillo who painted similar genre scenes. Taglieri, now deceased, also created a mural for President John F. Kennedy that was once in the White House and is now part of the Kennedy Library.

Citibank now occupies the Port Washington building and maintains these vibrant paintings that tell the story of steamboats, winter ice boating, horse and buggies and a historic lighthouse. Complete reference information about the murals can be found posted on a wall inside the back entrance of the bank.

Sharon February 25, 2011 at 10:13 AM
What an interesting piece of history right in our backyard
Adina Genn (Editor) February 25, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Sharon, I agree! Thanks for your comment.
BeachGal February 25, 2011 at 07:17 PM
I would love to have a poster of one or more of these murals. Perhaps as a fundraiser for Residents for a More Beautiful PW?
BeachGal February 26, 2011 at 12:44 AM
Hi! I don't have an affiliation with any group-I just thought it would be nice if something beautiful from Port's past could contribute to keeping it beautiful in the future. Please keep us posted if you do something with the pictures.
Heidi Antman February 26, 2011 at 12:25 PM
I have always wondered (while waiting on line at the bank) why there is a vanishing post-top on the main street mural.
Susan Sturman March 03, 2011 at 04:49 PM
I've always loved those murals, thanks for posting this information. Residents, Community Chest, or some other worthy organization would do well to publish and sell postcards, notecards, school book covers, whatever, with those images. All part of building tourism and funding what makes Port such a nice place.
Adina Genn (Editor) March 03, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Sue, That's a great suggestion! Thanks for adding to the conversation.
Jill Rader Levine March 29, 2011 at 01:12 PM
The daughters of the artist, Willie Taglieri, just let us know that they discovered this story on Port Washington Patch and were thrilled to find out about the historic murals at Citibank. They plan on visiting Port Washington to view them and also retrace their Father's footsteps as he explored the peninsula looking for artistic inspiration back in the 1960's.

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