Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Old Bakery & Emporium

I am really missing my easel! I've been traveling a lot during the week and weekends are filled with other activities - like getting ready for a July exhibit. I'm planning some quality time with my easel this weekend - so get ready for some new pics! 

Until then, here's the details on the next exhibit. I will have 3 pieces in the show: Aspiration, Esperando (Waiting) and Longshadow (you can preview them on my website under Pastels in Botanical and Architecture sections)

The Old Bakery & Emporium Art Gallery

July 10 - August 6, 2014
Reception: July 11, 5-7 pm 
The Art Gallery is located on the third floor 
Monday - Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

History of The Old Bakery & Emporium

The Old Bakery, a registered national landmark, has graced Congress Avenue since 1876, when it was built by Swedish immigrant Charles Lundberg. The building was used as a bakery till 1936, and after that for a variety of purposes.

The Old Bakery was vacant, deteriorating and scheduled for demolition when it was rescued through the combined efforts of the Austin Heritage Society, which purchased the structure in 1963, and the Junior League, which donated $12,500 for restoration work. No alterations were made in the restoration work which included installing the rods on the second floor to strengthen the side walls. The giant oven and the wooden baker's spade remain as reminders of the building's history.

In 1964, the Heritage Society began operating a Tourist Information Center and Coffee Kitchen at the site. When the mortgage was paid off in 1970, the Old Bakery was sold to the State of Texas. The state of Texas deeded the building and property to the City of Austin in 1980. The City of Austin Office of Bicentennial Affairs and the Texas Bicentennial Information Center occupied the building between July 1974 and September 1976. The Old Bakery and Emporium opened its doors in October, 1976, as a co-sponsored project of the Senior Programs Section of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the First Lady's Volunteer Program of the Texas Center for Volunteer Action.

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