Friday, June 25, 2010

Akron Townhouse School in Princeville, Il

This impressionistic painting was inspired by a little school house in the tiny town of Princeville, Illinois. This is the Akron Townhouse School in the grounds of the Heritage Museum. Interestingly enough "It opened its doors in 1900 and closed in 1958. It was the last one-room school house in Peoria County to close. After closing its doors as a school in ’58, it served as a church for 15 years, then as a meeting hall and polling place – and then finally in the 80’s and 90’s it was used as a storage shed and catch – all. It fell into disrepair during that time until a group of concerned citizens formed a committee to save the Akron Townhouse School in 2003."

We visit relatives in this part of the country each summer and it’s such a lovely, peaceful place! I loved painting this little historical building.

This original painting has since gone on to a happy home, in the Midwest, as a matter of fact, but you can still get prints and cards in my FineArtAmerica store.


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