Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Eckhardt's Corners

The original Eckhardt family probably arrived to set up home in Ontario in the early 1800s, although I haven't found any written proof of this. They may have come from Pennsylvania, as many Mennonite settlers did. If anyone has Eckhardt history, let me know! Some of them rest in the local graveyard.
This corner was first settled by an Eckhardt family member, I don't know who, but was owned by Sam Burkholder from 1853 to 1904. He built this building, which operated as a garage and a store. It's been empty for some time. And ugly new houses are going up all around it, chewing up some of Ontario's best farmland. 
So I decided to record the building at Eckardt's Corners before it disappears, like so many forgotten buildings that nobody has use for any more.


It's not a pretty building, but definitely a landmark.

Pen and ink, with a watercolour wash... possibly destined for next year's Art Show.

13 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Love your capture. And the concept of becoming an art historian in a very different (and beautiful) way.

photowannabe said...

Love your art piece. You have a great way with watercolors.
In reference to my post about Kids...I had a hard time calling my son ..my kid and my granddaughter his kid. It just doesn't sound proper . the only time I use it is when I say something about the Kids coming over for dinner. What we do to make a blog post for the letter K though... (:0)

Marie Smith said...

Love your work! A great way to record the local history too. Great job!

LL Cool Joe said...

Well your artwork makes the building look much more appealing I have to say.

I'm seeing a lot of old buildings here in the UK being knocked down to make way for new houses etc. Sometimes it's sad but often the old places become quite an eyesore.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Love your painting! You really have much talent.
I like old buildings because they have a history to tell us.
Have a happy day!

baili said...

just found the little iron pillar missed which is out side the house other wise you did a wonderful job ,you are FANTASTIC artist

ann @ studiohyde said...

Superb painting of Eckardt's Corners Shammickite, really really good :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Well documented Shammi, I think in a funny sort of way our blogs are a way of preserving the history of our towns and cities.

Hilary said...

Oh nicely done.. you are a talent! How is the healing process going?

Tomoko said...

I scrolled down to enjoy your posts and I am here now.
Such a great painting, Shammic. Love the historical building in the soft light.

Angela said...

I love your art work! Very good! It is good to preserve history!

Shammickite said...

Thank you to everyone for all the compliments!

madretz said...

Love love love your art! Your rendering is so much more romantic than the original.