"I am so very pleased that our museum was able to hang one of the restored Holy Trinity panels by Frances Davis and that the museum can help in the preservation of our community's history," said Jane Lindsey, museum director.
Davis was trained as a painter in her native England and in Europe, arrived in Juneau in 1891, and lived there until her death in 1932. She painted landscapes, seascapes and street scenes, as well as the altar paintings. She and her husband were founding members of Holy Trinity Church. Her granddaughter Constance Davis lives in Thane and has been an active member of the restoration committee.
Holy Trinity Church decided to frame the "Day of Judgment" so that the public could see one of the paintings before the church is rebuilt and all of the paintings reinstalled. Restoration of the altar paintings began in 2001. With grants from the Rasmuson Foundation, the City and Borough of Juneau and generous contributions from individuals, the church raised $26,832 for shipping and restoration of all six paintings. The paintings were sent to the Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts in Denver, Colorado in the summer of 2005.
On March 12 Holy Trinity Church was consumed by fire. Fortunately, the paintings were still in Denver for restoration and were not damaged in the fire. All six paintings were returned to Juneau in the summer of 2006 and the Juneau Douglas City Museum offered to store the paintings until the church is rebuilt. "Other than a few nails, these paintings are all we have of the old church. It will be wonderful to have these paintings, by a woman who helped found the original church in 1896, with us in the new church," said restoration committee member Pam Finley.
"The historic value of the paintings is coupled with the fact that they are a touchstone merging the former Holy Trinity church to the one that will be erected in the community," Lindsey said.
The Rev. George Silides, Holy Trinity's rector, offers his thanks to the Juneau Douglas City Museum for storing the paintings and for generous donations forwarded to the church by way of a donation box set up in the Francis Davis exhibit this past summer, which included a section on Holy Trinity paintings. He extends words of appreciation to director Lindsey and to Ellen Carrlee, former Curator of Exhibits and Exhibits and to Scott Carrlee, former Conservator at the Alaska State Museum.
Contributions to the rebuilding of the church and remounting of the paintings may be sent to Holy Trinity Restoration Fund, 416 Harris Street, Room 205, Juneau, AK 99801. Additional information about the church and its history may be found at www.trinityjuneau.org. The Juneau Douglas City Museum is located at 4th and Main Streets in Juneau. Hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Winter admission free provided by donations. For more information call 586-3572 or go online to www.juneau.org/parkrec/museum. The Juneau Douglas Museum is a facility of the Parks and Recreation Department.