Historical painting hung in Phoenixville Borough Hall

A historical painting depicting work in the Phoenixville Ironworks steel mill has officially been welcomed to its new home in Phoenixville Borough Hall.

At Tuesday night’s borough council meeting, Joseph C. Hennesy’s “The Phoenixville Ironworks” was dedicated at its new location on the front wall of the public meeting hall in the new borough building.

The Schuylkill River Heritage Center President Barbara Cohen was on hand to speak about the history of the painting and artist. Hennesy’s grandsons, Matthew and Craig Hennesy, were also present to see their grandfather honored.

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The painting is on a long-term loan to the borough from The Schuylkill River Heritage Center. Council voted in December to spend $5,000 from its building fund for the new borough hall to refurbish the painting. The borough has leased the painting for 30 years.