03/18/15 10:00am
03/18/2015 10:00 AM
The interior of First Universalist Church of Southold during a service in the 1980s. (Credit: The Southold Historical Society)

The interior of First Universalist Church of Southold during a service in the 1980s. (Credit: The Southold Historical Society)

When fire destroyed First Universalist Church of Southold, the community lost not only a treasured building, but a significant piece of North Fork artwork as well.

Amid the rubble of the church lie the unrecognizable remains of a 12-by-16-foot mural that hung above the altar for nearly 90 years. Painted by noted Peconic artist Edith Mitchill Prellwitz, the mural was last valued at more than $80,000. She donated it to the church Nov. 27, 1926, in memory of her parents.  (more…)