Without the standard opportunity for a public hearing, officials from the Town of Lyons have given the green light to the construction of a five-story building, which will be situated at the intersection of
Fourth Avenue and Main Street (right in front of the Art Bank)! The contractor, Lyons resident Anne O’Brien, has been working on the project for the last several weeks,and went before the Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission (LAHC) to get final approval on Tuesday, May 31. O’Brien, who is well known throughout the community for her efforts to beautify the Town with the Lyons Garden Club, also has a passion for miniature dollhouses. Her latest creation will be on display, as part of the LAHC’s efforts to bring public art, by area artists to Main Street.
O’Brien, who calls her creation as “The House On The Corner” thinks the piece will be ready, and in place by this weekend, and she invites the entire community to stroll on by and take a peek inside. She hopes that everyone gets as much pleasure out of the little house as she did in creating it. She describes it thusly: “The house on the corner is not meant to represent any one time of year, any one house, or any one family (in fact the names of the people have been changed to protect the innocent, but you may recognize them) because no matter when you are here, and what you are doing, it is always good.
Before I start the story, I will give you a clue that there is at least one LION in each of the rooms (maybe more in some rooms). See if you can find all the LIONS IN LYONS.
The lady of the house is not in the upstairs bedroom because she is lucky to live down the street from OHM SALON PLUS GALLERY, and she has run down there for a new style before attending one of the many art or musical events we are so lucky to have. You will notice that she has received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from LIVING ARTS FLORAL and a surprise present from EXPRESSIONS. She has purchased herself a new to her dress and necklace from LYONS RERUNS, which are hanging on the window and she is, of course, proud of the savings she has realized. You will also see pictures of her friends (all good citizens of Lyons) hanging above the bed. She has left Angel, her new puppy, who has decided to chew her shoe, but she won’t have to worry because living on the corner of 4th and Main she is close to LOTS OF LUV’N PET CARE and can call for expert dog training.
The above average children in the nursery have kept their room very neat, they are playing quietly and being kind, and considerate to each other and like all the children who live in Lyons, they never yell and shout and whine. These good children are lucky enough to have one of Sally Truitt’s monsters hanging on their wall. The only kinds of monsters in Lyons are friendly, funny ones and the only kind of children are exceptional, like the ones who live at 4th and Main.
Emma and Ernie (not their real names) are sitting in the living room enjoying a game of cards. Well, Ernie is enjoying the card game, Emma is actually trying to read the LYONS RECORDER and enjoy her cup of coffee from THE BARKING DOG or possibly THE STONE CUP. Ernie has a can of Old Chub in hand and appears to be winning, but then again, I think he is cheating. There are two very impressive paintings hanging on the wall of the living room of the stone house at the corner of 4th and Main. One of the paintings, of course, is so famous that I do not need to tell anyone who painted it and the other painting is The Mona Lisa.
Move on downstairs to the black and white kitchen. Are you remembering to look for the lions? The folks in the stone house on the corner think that having advertising signs from OSKAR BLUES (just in the next block of Main where they go for tribute night once a month) and SMOKIN’ DAVES BAR-B-QUE is really a good idea because it reminds them of two of their favorite places to eat and brightens the kitchen as well. Someone has just brought a bag of fresh produce from THE SAINT VRAIN MARKET and Nicole (again not her real name) has stopped home from LYONS MIDDLE AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL for a bite to eat. She is considering ordering a pizza from MA’S PIZZA, but also thinks that if she chose sushi from MATSURI then she could splurge on a delicious pastry (look on top of the ice box) from BUTTER CREAM BAKERY. Lucky Nicole, she has a lot of choices living at the corner of 4th and Main.
And suddenly, it is summer at the stone house on the corner of 4th and Main. It is a time for fishing the St. Vrain (Ernie caught a big fish hanging on the wall in this area with his bamboo rod from SOUTHCREEK LIMITED, but will someone please tell Ernie we have catch and release here in Lyons). It is time for sitting in the sunshine (there’s always a lot of that at the stone house on the corner of 4th and Main) and having picnics with Dale’s Pale Ale and cold Coca Cola. Thanks to GWYNN’S GREENHOUSE and THE LYONS GARDEN CLUB, the flowers always grow, the weeds never do, and life’s always good at the stone house on the corner of 4th and Main. The bench in the outside room is sandstone from LOUKONEN STONE and I’ll bet you recognize one of KAHLIE SUE’S guitars hanging on the wall. I thought you would like to know that the construction industry has been using Lyons’ red sandstone for construction since about 1873 and I hope you will take a few minutes to sit and see all the things you can find in this newest building- THE STONE HOUSE AT THE CORNER OF 4TH AND MAIN.”
The artists who did the” real” art work shown in the house are:
“Monster” by Sally Truitt-Sally Truitt Designs
Bear picture in living room “First Blush” by Sally White King-www.sallywhiteking.com
Guitar in outdoor room by Kahlie Sue Pinello.
Last, but not least, Marty Hine and John King have done the shoring up and bolting down work and are responsible for keeping the house on the corner of Fourth and Main there and not letting it blow away to Kansas!