Painted in 1981 by John Bailey, the Marilyn Monroe mural on the south-facing exterior wall of Salon Roi is one of the most recognizable murals within Washington D.C. A much-needed restoration of the mural was performed in 2020 to restore Marilyn to her full beauty.
Photo Credit: © Frank Van Riper. All Rights Reserved.
Thank you to the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development for providing a grant to Woodley Park Main Street, Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc, and Woodley Park Community Association for the restoration of the Marilyn mural.
Seth Riker is a teenager who lives in Washington D.C. and volunteers with WPMS. In this article, he discusses the history behind the mural and the restoration effort.
John Kelly shares more of the story behind the original mural and interviews those involved in the restoration effort.
As a Main Street America Affiliate™, Woodley Park Main Street is part of a national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
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