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Mysterious Cossitt Library painting recalls blue period for landmark

By , Daily Memphian Updated: June 09, 2021 4:00 AM CT | Published: June 09, 2021 4:00 AM CT
<strong>The blue mosaic tiles in the six columns across the front of the Cossitt Library are among the colors in an old painting that endure to this day.</strong> (Bill Dries/Daily Memphian)

The blue mosaic tiles in the six columns across the front of the Cossitt Library are among the colors in an old painting that endure to this day. (Bill Dries/Daily Memphian)

The late 1950s or early 1960s painting of the Cossitt Library surfaced last month. It was set aside during a cleanup of the Downtown landmark, and the rediscovery marks a turn in fortune with a renovated Cossitt set to reopen in the fall.

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Bill Dries

Bill Dries covers city government and politics. He is a native Memphian and has been a reporter for more than 40 years.


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