Lord Amherst jazzs up building with War of 1812 mural


By Joel Charron

When Lord Amherst owner Anthony Mancini looked at the outside of his pub, he felt like something was missing.

Keeping in mind the upcoming War of 1812 bicentennial celebration, Mancini is acknowledging the momentous occasion by erecting a mural on the side of the building.

The mural was created by Mudpuppy Gallery co-owner Rocco DiPasquale and will hang on the Murray St. side of the building above the Lord Amherst sign.

“I wanted to add to the building and I wanted something for the bicentennial,” said Mancini. “I’ve known Rocco for quite some time and I know his skills, so I asked him if he would be interested in painting a mural for me for the building.”

DiPasquale jumped at the opportunity stating that he has always preferred working on large projects.


Lord Amherst owner Anthony Mancini (left) was blown away when he first laid eyes on Rocco DiPasquale’s (right) mural. The mural will hang above the Lord Amherst sign on Murray St.

“I’ve wanted to do a mural for quite some time so it was really beneficial to both of us,” said DiPasquale.

DiPasquale said the mural is four feet by eight feet and took roughly one month to complete.

The mural will feature the Union Jack and the United States flag, which serves as a backdrop for five separate scenes. Two of the scenes feature British soldiers while the two other scenes depict tall ships on the Detroit River. There is also a portrait of General Brock.

“I explained to Rocco what I was looking for and then Rocco and his creativity did the rest,” said Mancini. “I love it. It was exactly what I wanted. I think it’s really going to pop on that white stucco building.”

“I’m really happy with it,” said DiPasquale. “I had that image right away with the flags blending in together.”

The Lord Amherst owner said when he first saw the mural it was as if DiPasquale read his mind and painted it on his canvas.

Mancini believes the mural will become a signature item in town, like the murals behind General Amherst.

“Maybe this will be a trendsetter and more buildings will do something like this,” said Mancini.

Mancini also noted that the mural fits right in with the upcoming War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations.

“We just wanted to add to the spectacular weekend that Amherstburg has planned,” he said. “I really think that Rocco’s work adds that something special that Lord Amherst was looking for.”

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