WBCB’s Eric DiCrescenzo contributed to this post.
Bristol Borough Raising the Bar turned back the clock this week to unveil a brand new mural. It’s painted right onto the site of the former Otter Street School and depicts students in the classroom as it was in the mid-19th century.
Founded in 1854, the Otter Street School was one of the first public schools in Bristol. The building still sits at 142 Otter Street. Since then, it’s exchanged hands several times for numerous purposes.
Right now, it’s home to Harris Comfort‘s warehouse. The business is currently owned by David Harris, grandson of founder Louis Harris.
Harris Comfort contributed half of the funding for the project. Raising the Bar secured the rest of the funding through a Commercial Façade grant from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.
Jean-Marc Dubus created the mural. Dubus said he hopes the artwork can connect people with the past.
“From my point of view, the mural reveals a part of Bristol Borough’s history that is important to many because it relates to building a place forgotten for many, many years,” explained Dubus.
Raising the Bar’s Bill Pezza noted the mural has been in the works even before the pandemic. They secured the grant in early 2020, but “COVID hit and then everything just stopped.”
Raising the Bar has facilitated numerous murals over the past few years. Most recently, they unveiled a mural Dubus painted onto Penn Community Bank’s Bristol branch last November.