And we've had a glimmer of light regarding the missing Christmas painting, a 76-foot mural created in 1935, shortly after the building was finished, by Louise Emerson Ronnebeck. She's the focus of Louise Emerson Ronnebeck: A New Deal Muralist in Colorado, now at the Byers-Evans House Gallery.
Although her mural disappeared soon after she created it, there have been hints of it in the subsequent decades. In the '80s, for example, the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation was still in charge of the holiday lights -- but then passed the job to Public Office Buildings. That's when John Hall, head of POB, heard about the mural, and went looking.
"We checked the 'attic' of the City and County Building and asked Parks and Recreation to check their warehouses with no results," he reports. "I gather it's lost to time, much like the Allen True murals that were in the old Carnegie Library. Should probably do an art history mystery."
Let there be light.
For more on the City and County Building light display, read Calhoun's Wake-Up Call archives.