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The artistically significant "Noguchi Ceiling" at a U-Haul facility in St. Louis has finally been uncovered.

After a six-month restoration project, more than 80 percent of the original ceiling was uncovered, repaired and re-painted.

The public is invited to an open house, 7 p.m. May 19, to view the remodeled interior, said Steve Langford, president of U-Haul Co. of St. Louis.

The ceiling was designed by famed sculptor Isamu Noguchi, who was commissioned in 1946 by St. Louis architect Harris Armstrong to create a panel for the lobby of the new Magic Chef offices in St. Louis.

But Noguchi’s notable example of mid-century modern art was covered up when U-Haul bought the then-vacant office space in 1977 and remodeled the interior.

Magic Chef traces its roots to 1880s St. Louis, when John Ringen, George Kahle and brothers Charles and Louis Stockstrom started the American Stove Co. in 1901. The company closed its St. Louis locations in the late 1950s.

Langford said the exterior was sheathed in brick and the interior was "modernized" with lower ceilings and divided into storage areas.

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