Allen Tupper True Murals

I am so grateful that Rosemary Fetter wrote about the Allen Tupper True murals. I had heard from Ruth Gorham about them. Mrs. Fetter even includes in her book the story behind the “missing murals.”

“One of the school’s unique assets was the charming collection of six murals depicting the joys of childhood by the talented Allen Tupper True. The artist sent both his daughters to Graland (Jane True Mueller ‘32 and Edith True Marbut ‘39) and reportedly helped pay tuition with the artwork. True specialized in depicting Western scenes and is best known for creating stunning murals in the state capitol buildings of Colorado, Missouri, and Wyoming. He also produced beautiful artwork for the Colorado National Bank Building, Denver’s Civic Center, and the old Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Building on Fourteenth Streets.

“True’s prized Graland murals brightened the interior of the Georgia Nelson Building from 1928 until the late 1960’s. According to legend, an overly enthusiastic maintenance man, who obviously didn’t realize their value, painted over the mural scenes. Through a gift from the Flowe Foundation in the 1990’s, conservators from the Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts painstakingly restored three of the murals for the school.”


Graland Country Day School

55 CLERMONT STREET    DENVER, CO 80220    303.399.0390   
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.