Firefighting

BATTLE TO SAVE PRICELESS ART YIELDS VALUABLE LESSONS

Issue 8 and Volume 159.

BY STUART GRANT AND CHRIS WILLEFORD It is difficult, perhaps impossible, to place a value on the paintings and museum artifacts that were lost in the fire at the Dallas Biblical Arts Center on June 28, 2005. Many of the items that were lost were unique and therefore priceless. However, it is possible to assess the value of the lessons the fire department learned from this incident. BUILT TO HOUSE A PRICELESS CENTERPIECE The Biblical Arts Center in Dallas, Texas, at the southwest corner of Park Lane and Boedeker St., was an art museum dedicated to displaying and promoting Christianity through the arts. The centerpiece of the museum was the painting Miracle at Pentecost, a work that stood 20 feet tall and was 124 feet in width. The Biblical Arts Center was originally built just to house this one painting, a project underwritten by Mattie Caruth Byrd. Miracle at Pentecost…

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