Mark a Muni Building

mural_painting5Murals can beautify a dreary building and draw attention to an inconspicuous location. If you’ve ever been to Sweet Home, then you’ve probably witnessed this firsthand. Now the Benton County Commissioners want to commission a mural for their headquarters building at 5th Street and Jackson Avenue, a former bank which is functional but dull, and would definitely be improved by a mural. (Well, if you’re old enough to remember the old fire station, which was also on 5th Street, you know that not every mural is an improvement.)

According to administrative supervisor Kevin Perkins, the current plan is for just a mural, but the group is open to more elaborate ideas for decoration. Anything other than a mural, though, would need to be approved by the Corvallis Development Commission.

Perkins credited Commissioner Anne Schuster with pushing the plan ahead as part of their public outreach program. The commission wants people to know that it’s their building, part of their government. They want people to make more and better use of the help they can offer.

The commission is still deliberating over what mural they want to commission. If you have a design, you have until Monday, June 15 to submit it for their consideration.

 Submit written submissions to Kevin Perkins, administrative supervisor for the Board of Commissioners office. Send mail to the Benton County Board of Commissioners, P.O. Box 3020, Corvallis, OR 97339, in person at 205 NW 5th Street, or via email to as a PDF.


By John M. Burt