- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - 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 this week unveiled the paintings that appear to be rough drafts of murals done for the Ameritrust building by painter Francis Davis Millet, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/1FBHAqu) reported. Millet died in the Titanic sinking in 1912.

KeyCorp bought Ameritrust in 1991, but apparently didn’t open crates and boxes that came with the building. They were stored in a bank vault and KeyCorp officials only discovered what they contained within the last six months, the newspaper reported.

“This is something they stumbled across,” said Matt Wyner, regional retail leader at KeyCorp.

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 next to the mural drafts that are believed to have been done between 1900 and 1905. The paintings are only about 18 inches tall and around 4 feet wide, much smaller than the actual large-scale murals in the rotunda of the Ameritrust building.

Old bank manuals from around 1900 and reel-to-reel films that were shot in the late 1940s or early 1950s are among other 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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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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