Church Mural Restoration Continues

Carefully stripping away small sections of paint at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, the muralist Margot Datz was looking for guidance for her next design.

Songs in Praise of Whaling Church Mural

This past spring Margot Datz completed work restoring a mural at the Old Whaling Church in Edgatown. The three-month project brought back to life the original mural painted in the 1840s by Carl Wendt. When Ms. Datz began the project the wall was essentially blank, and many did not know anything had ever existed there.

Restored Mural Reveals Form And Function at Whaling Church

When artist Margot Datz begins a new project she finds it hard to stop. “Until someone rips me off the wall I’m there,” she said on Wednesday morning at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. Although no one is coming to rip Ms. Datz off the wall, her brother Stephen Datz is on hand to “help her out the door,” he said. Good thing, too, as this weekend there will be a wedding held at the church. Scaffolding and bridal gowns do not really mix. But magnificently-restored murals serving as a backdrop for wedded bliss definitely do.

From Bow to Stern, Whaling Church Mural Gets New Life

Since 1843, the Old Whaling Church, with its familiar white exterior, six grand columns and regal clock tower, has stood watch over Edgartown’s Main street.

But inside the Greek revival church, built during the town’s whaling heyday, was another feature that architect Frederick Baylies viewed as an integral part of the completed project: trompe l’oeil paintings graced the walls and the ceilings, and the church’s interior architecture was built with these sweeping features in mind.