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Cleveland bank to show century-old paintings, artifacts

| Sunday, June 28, 2015, 9:27 p.m.

CLEVELAND — Recently discovered century-old paintings and other artifacts from a historic building in Cleveland have been unveiled as part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of KeyCorp's downtown branch.

Cleveland-based KeyCorp last week presented the paintings that appear to be rough drafts of murals done for the Ameri-trust building by painter Francis Davis Millet, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reported. Millet died in the Titanic sinking in 1912.

KeyCorp bought Ameri-trust in 1991, but apparently did not open crates and boxes that came with the building. They were stored in a bank vault, and KeyCorp officials discovered what they contained only within the past six months, the newspaper reported.

KeyCorp is considering ways of displaying the paintings to the public and is working with the Western Reserve Historical Society to determine what will happen to the mural drafts that are believed to have been done between 1900 and 1905.

Old bank manuals from around 1900 and reel-to-reel films that were shot in the late 1940s or early 1950s are among artifacts that were found in the boxes and crates. Most of the artifacts are believed to be from a period of about 1890 to 1905.

KeyCorp's Cleveland market President Kip Clarke said the downtown branch's 125th anniversary was a good time to showcase the items.

“It's always great to celebrate continuity,” he said.

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