Resurrecting Old Buildings

This old building in a small town just off Highway 24 in Eastern Kansas was recently restored to much of its former glory.

The project was desired by a Mr. Store Owner who had plans for a neat country store there. It made possible by a Mr. Uplifter of the community.

I asked the Mr. Uplifter once why such projects of making the town beautiful were so important to him. His reply was certainly inspiring.

“Beauty uplifts the soul; it gives one hope.”

This building, once known as the Urbansky Building, and built in 1885, is now home to the destination store: Sugar Creek Country store. Lovely apartments fill the upper story space.

If you’re walking along 5th Street to Sugar Creek for a yummy deli sandwich, a snack, or some ice cream, you just might catch this view from the sidewalk.

Whether you’re driving through our midwest town on 24, or strolling through its streets, catching sight of this building, and connecting it to other historic landmarks, such as the old lamppost on the right, transforms the ordinary days.

Have you ever seen this view as you walked through town?

And here’s what I used to paint on, instead of my usual travel journal.

(Note: When you click the link below, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.)

Saunders Waterford Watercolor Block, 140lb. Cold Press, cut into quarters is what I used for this, along with Windsor Newton watercolors. I can’t decide if I like it better than Arches it’s certainly luxurious to paint on!

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