Chester County is a necessary stopping point when discovering Pennsylvania’s art – between the famed Wyeth family and the number of various museums, galleries, and studios in the area, Chester County is a vibrant art hot spot. The creative urges here are strong, and over the past few years artist and members of the county have begun to think outside of the frame, literally.
Today Chester County has a number of beautiful murals on display that not only add character to our already charming county, but also tell a story about the people who are here. These murals reflect the rich history and the bright future of Chester County. From Phoenixville and Malvern, down to West Chester and Kennett Square, Chester County has a display of murals that both locals and visitors will be sure to appreciate.
Bridge Street Mural
Located on the side of the Phoenix Village Apartments in Phoenixville, this mural, painted by artist Charles Sagal, has been infamously nicknamed the ‘Godzilla’ mural after a council member stated the mural reflects a certain Hollywood movie. The image actually depicts a phoenix rising from the “ashes” of the now-shuttered industries that gave rise to the town – steel and coal.
Find it at: 131 Bridge St.
Welcome to Phoenixville Mural
Located on the exterior wall of Marly’s BYO on Bridge Street in Phoenixville, the mural reads “Welcome to Phoenixville” and is based off of a 1932 photo that displays a view of the factory that can still be seen today. The mural was painted by Teresa Haag and was completed in September 2015.
Find it at: 106 Bridge St.
125th Anniversary Mural
Located in the Lobby of Borough Hall in Malvern this was the fifth project for the Malvern Community Art Project. The mural depicts King Street in 1889 and 2014. The pieces were painted by artist Randall Graham and were completed in 2015.
Find it at: 1 E. First Ave.
Located on the bridge on Bridge Street, this was the fourth project commissioned by the Malvern Community Arts Project. It is a series of five painted panels mounted along the bridge that depict what life in Malvern is like today. The mural was painted by the Garnet Valley High School National Honors Art Society and Mural Club and was completed in 2015.
Find it at: Bridge Street
Patriotic Historical Mural
Located on the back of Gallagher’s Auto Services by the train station in Malvern, it was the second mural completed by the Malvern Community Arts Project. This neighborhood favorite depicts Victorian era life in the small railroad town of Malvern. The mural was painted by Carrie Kingsbury and was completed in 2013.
Find it at: 31 W. King St.
Victorian Era Historical Mural
Located on the side of Malvern Pizza in Malvern, it was the first mural completed by the Malvern Community Arts Project. The mural represents the Paoli Battlefield and Memorial Parade. It depicts soldiers following General Anthony Wayne into the past, and has children running with flags into the future. The mural was painted by Dennis Goldsborough and was completed in 2013.
Find it at: 19 E. King St.
Warren Avenue Project (pictured above)
Located on the side of the Malvern Saddlery in Malvern, it was the sixth project for the Malvern Community Art Project. The mural is a replica of a historic photo of a horse and buggy traveling through the Warren Avenue tunnel with the addition of President Lincoln’s funeral train. The mural was painted by Carrie Kingsbury and was completed in 2015.
Find it at: Corner of King Steet and Warren Avenue
Located in the Malvern Public Library in Malvern, this is the third mural commissioned by the Malvern Community Arts Project. The children’s room of the library was transformed into an enchanted forest by Teri Flint and was completed in 2013.
Find it at: 1 E. First Ave.
Harriet Tubman Mural
Located on Willow Street in Kennett Square, this mural depicts Harriet Tubman leading silhouetted freedom seekers toward the North Star. The mural also features a list of some Kennett abolitionists and those they helped. The mural was designed and painted by artists Dave Mass and Joey Gothelf and was finished on November 13, 2010.
Find it at: 115 S. Union St.
The Charles A. Melton Mural
Located on East Market Street in West Chester, this mural pictures Charles A. Melton, executive director; Dr. Leslie Pickney Hill, founder & president; as well as other former members of The Melton Arts & Education Center. The mural was painted by artist Carrie Kingsbury and was unveiled on the building’s exterior wall in August 2014.
Find it at: 501 E. Miner St.
Third Street Mural
Chester County’s newest mural is a warm and vibrant piece showcasing vines and leaves on a formerly non-descript cinderblock wall on Third Street. Funded by a private donor whose funds were matched by Oxford Mainstreet, the piece was envisioned and created by local artist Susan Melrath and completed in October 2016.
Find it at: 14 S. Third St.