Shown above are the building’s owners Kathleen Nutter and her husband Paul Backstrom.
If we look at the evolution of the building, constructed in 1866, you can see how it has returned to its historic roots.
Note that Town & Country is going strong at its new location, just down the street at 154 High Street.
The pictures below were taken this week.
The beautiful facade is the work of Mineral Point carpenter Alex Hendrick of Hendrick Woodworks (shown above with Kathleen Nutter). Alex utilized historic photos and his usual attention to detail to bring back the look of the shop, with the enormous windows, the door design, and exposing the original decorative, support columns, believed to be fabricated at the Lanyon Foundry (now Foundry Books) at the time of the building’s construction in 1866.
And, check out the interior.
Building owners, Kathleen Nutter and Paul Backstrom, did all the interior work themselves except for the plumbing and electrical. They opened up the space, added a dressing room, removed the dropped ceiling, refinished the floors, and salvaged two old counters that had been stored in the basement.
The new space is roomy enough to hold several of Kathleen’s looms and to showcase her beautiful, hand-woven scarves, jackets and hats.
Artful Apparel represents all that is good about the art community in Mineral Point – restoration, a reverence for history, and art being sold by the person who created it. Purchasing one of Kathleen’s beautiful pieces is a way to thank her for restoring this wonderful old building in a way that will last for many, many years.
Kathleen is stop #10 on the Fall Art Tour, which starts this Friday and runs through Sunday. This self-guided tour of the artists’ homes and studios in and around Mineral Point, Dodgeville, Spring Green, and Baraboo is one of the most popular events of the year.
For a full description and map of the artists on this tour, click here.
– Contributed by Lisa Hay