Murals: Stamford scenes from yesteryear
1949 The Fidelity Trust Company commissioned the late Stanley J. Rowland,
one of the most prominent artists ever to have made Stamford his home,
to paint the six Stamford scenes herein as murals on the walls of the
bank's main office at 129 Atlantic Street.
commission enjoined him to depict, with the highest degree of historical
accuracy possible, the changing Stamford scene through the first 250
years of the community's existence.
and installed in July of 1950, the murals have already served to remind
one generation of Stamfordites of their city's historical past. In
fact, the murals themselves have almost achieved the status of historical
landmarks, often being used in historical publications as the most
authentic view of early Stamford life available.
murals will be available to future generations was assured by the foresight
of bank officials who had them painted on removable canvas, rather
than directly on the walls. In that way, though the face of Stamford
may continue to change, it will be possible to preserve the canvases.
year of 1976, when our nation is observing its 200th anniversary, The
Fidelity Trust Company felt it appropriate to make these full-color
reproductions of the historic murals available to any Stamford or Darien
family that wishes them as a gift from “the bank for the best of your
brochure was published as a Bicentennial gift to the community.
The murals are now in the possession of The Stamford Historical Society.
Images © The Stamford Historical Society