Just four months after the Citizens for a Better Williams contracted with Peteluma Mural Artist, John Ton, the Williams Hotel has been immortalized on the side of the old Masonic Lodge in Town Square.
“On February 22, 1913 the Williams Hotel burned and took with it nine businesses. Just a month short of ninety years to the date the hotel once again graces the corner of 7th and E and bringing the corner back to life,” said Williams Mayor Pat Ash.
At a cost of $15,000, no public funds were used to complete the mural.
“The mural project was funded 100% by donations,” said Ash, “Through the profits from the sale of my book “History of Williams”, the sale of strawberry shortcake at the Music in the Park , and a generous donation from the Hal and Rosalie Stober’s family, Morningstar and other private donations, we were able to move ahead with the mural last fall.”
The mural has been a dream of Ash’s since moving back to Williams in 2004.
“We needed a mural fill the empty wall of the Masonic Hall and I began working in the beginning with the Masons in 2011 for permission,” said Ash, “the Citizens for a Better Williams began fundraising and working with a graphic artist. From there we went to the planning commission who gave us their unanimous support.”
“The mural is a beautiful edition to downtown,” said Andi Armstrong, Citizens for a Better Williams President, “It is beyond my expectations. I would like to thank the community for its amazing support.”
Special community characters painted in the mural.
“Not only did John bring the building to life, he gave life to Mr. Williams as well,” said Ash, “It was John’s idea to put Mr. Williams at the front door of the establishment and it really added a lot.”
Since the murals construction, and influx of tourist activity has increased in the historic downtown district.
“In the last few days I have driven by and tourists are stopping, getting out of their cars and either photographing the wall or being photographed in front of it and that makes me very happy,” said Ash.
The Citizens for a Better Williams is currently looking into lighting opportunities for the mural, and hosting a ‘grand opening’ event sometime in the future.
“I would like to thank our Williams Public Works Dept. and City Administrator Jim Saso and Assistant planner Monica Stegall for working with us and being so supportive of the latest of our projects,” said Ash.