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Revolution ~ Arts & Garden

Revolution ~ Arts & Garden

Revolution

Southside of Central Life Building 628 – 630 Columbus Street Ottawa IL 61350

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In 1919, women got the right to vote. A pivotal moment. “Revolution” overlooking the
confluence of the Fox and Illinois Rivers, is a tribute to Ottawa’s, and America’s tenacious women exploding into independence. Our ladies oversee the heart of Ottawa, remembering bustling speakeasies, hotels, and trolleys. With John Pugh’s Trompe L’ Oeil mural, we witness a revolution in time and culture. Two flappers perched on the ledge of our infamous Zeller Inn toast passersby. Luminous green radium gas oozes and swirls behind. “Poppy”, by ‘The Mother of American Modernism’, Georgia O’Keefe, epitomizes the feminine revolution. Rotating downward, peering at us through misty revolving windows are two heroic Radium Dial women. The first from New Jersey, then Ottawan Charlotte Purcell, both poisoned by radon. Charlotte with a handful of unswerving Ottawa Radium Dial women laid the foundation for today’s worker protection laws. Look closely and you will find hidden images within.

 

 

 

 

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Ottawa's Appellate Court building, built in 1860, is one of many in the area to be made out of Joliet limestone, along with a beautiful red brick compliment. There was a group of local men who were commissioned by the state to find a location for a new Supreme Court building. One member of this group was none other than William Reddick.
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Beautiful view from Buffalo Rock  looking over the Illinois River. Whether you hike or boat, this should be on your list of to do. 

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Cars and stripes - LaSalle County Cruisers car show. Downtown Ottawa, IL

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The downtown sidewalk plantings are so lush and beautiful this time of year!

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President Lincoln has been making his rounds in downtown Ottawa! Have you been able to find him and get your pictures taken?

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New benches aren’t usually exciting... but then again, new benches aren’t usually “Benchausarus”
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