The decorations by Mr. F. D. Millet in the new Cleveland Trust Company Building consists of a series of thirteen panels,
each approximately sixteen by five feet, illustrating the settlement of the State of Ohio, but typifying the pioneer movement which resulted in the opening up of the great West. In composition they are very simple, and in effect, frank.
In the great rotunda used as a banking room, and therefore accessible to the public, these panels form a frieze, terminating the wall forty feet above the floor level, and behind a colonnade supporting the dome. Because of this
elevated and recessed position, it was essential that the paintings should be strong in color and positive in treatment. Deep blues and greens predominate, enlivened by touches of brilliant red - and the pigment is seen to have been held
in broad, ample masses. The same scheme of color has been used for the entire series, and when viewed in position all are found in harmony, the eye passing from one to another without conscious jar or interruption. The horizon line has
been made continuous, and though each panel is a complete composition, the frieze, as a whole, is a unit.
It took more than a year to execute this series of thirteen panels, Mr. Millet and two or three assistants working from
morning till night. First, the general scheme was sketched; then full-sized cartoons were made and tried, experimentally, in place.
When these were found satisfactory, the work began in earnest; accurate drawings on huge sheets of
manila paper were made in charcoal, corrected, and restudied; finally, when absolutely correct, these were transferred to canvas.