Divine is in Midtown-Belvedere to stay after Baltimore’s historic preservation commission approved a mural of the drag queen and actor Tuesday.
The Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation OK’d the Preston Street mural retroactively after a Midtown-Belvedere couple commissioned the painting on the side of their house without permission from the city.
The commission gave its stamp of approval to the three-story painting at a public hearing Tuesday, planning department assistant director Laurie Feinberg confirmed.
Typically the commission must authorize murals before they are painted on the exterior of properties in Baltimore’s historic districts or local landmarks. But married couple Jesse Salazar and Tom Williams did not receive approval before commissioning Baltimore-based artist Gaia to paint the mural of the “Hairspray” star.
After a Midtown-Belvedere couple hired Baltimore-based artist Gaia to paint a vibrant mural of the pop culture icon Divine on the side of their three-story home, the artwork’s fate is in question because they did not obtain required permits from the city.