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UPDATE: Mural on Pennsylvania Avenue to Feature John Philip Sousa

According to Erik Holzherr, owner of Wisdom Cocktail Parlour at 1432 Pennsylvania Avenue, the east facing wall of his bar had been a problem area for graffiti and vandalism. Fed up he reached out to a few friends, neighbors and community organizations. Soon he was in touch with the Capitol Hill BID and DPW’s MuralDC program. From idea to reality his once problem wall is now being transformed into a vibrant “Welcome to Capitol Hill” and John Philip Sousa- inspired mural in the up and coming Hill East neighborhood. See the progress below:

Scaffolding, generously donated by Pointing Plus Restoration, was up in just a few days, RWW staff then helped artist Alicia Cosnahan paint the vibrant pink background color on the wall:

The marching band and iconic iron fencing design were filled in by community members, albus calvus students and participants of the first ever Hill and Go Seek!


Photo Illustration of finished wall by albus cavus:

MuralsDC and the Department of Public works selected two locations on Capitol Hill for this year’s graffiti deterring mural program – 1432 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (Wisdom Cocktail Parlour) and 745 8th St SE (the Sasha Bruce House). Alicia “DECOY” Cosnahan of Albus Cavus has been selected as the artist for the Pennsylvania Avenue site and is working closely with MuralsDC, the Capitol Hill BID and Erik Holzherr, owner of Wisdom to create a welcoming design reflecting the community and history of Capitol Hill.

The chosen design incorporates John Phillip Sousa and his marching band line-up in front of a vibrant pink background with an iconic rod iron fence pattern.
The Capitol Hill BID is also committing resources to install lighting at the site not only to showcase the beautiful artwork designed by Cosnahan, but to serve as a deterrent against vandalism and crime.

About MuralsDC
MuralsDC is a program Ward 1 Council Member Jim Graham created to help replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within the community and to engage young people in a legal activity that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. Last year, MuralsDC completed six graffiti murals in four wards working in collaboration with the DC Department of Public Works, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and The Midnight Forum youth arts program.