Above is a photograph that was taken on October 28, 2000. This ornamentation is all original from 1914 with the exception of the paint and some minor detailing to the plaster by Battersby Ornamental. The two maidens appear almost lifelike after being done over by Cisi and Pam, (Restoration Associates). They are situated in the proscenium arch directly above center stage, thirty eight feet above the floor.

At some point the maiden's upper bodies were "clothed" by dipping burlap in wet plaster and draping it to appear as a sort of gown. I "discovered" the alteration from the original, and, after much debate by the Las Casas board and all involved, it was decided to undress the maidens. I then removed the rest of the sackcloth, (images below), refined the original plaster, and they were back in all their glory, just as they were at their time of birth in 1914. There is a link near the bottom of this page to the Restoration Associates website.
 
 


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