Armory, Woodward, Memorial Hall join ornament collection at J.R. Kortman Center

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11654356111879.jpg’, ‘Photo by Jon McGinty’, ‘This commemorative Christmas ornament was designed by Memorial Hall curator Terry Dyer and produced in China with cooperation of J.R. Kortman Center for Design. The ornament is available for a $20 donation, which will help with restoration and preservation of artifacts for Memorial Hall.’);

The historic and controversial Rockford Armory has been selected as the new addition to the Rockford Landmark series of hand-painted, collectible ornaments available this year exclusively at J.R. Kortman Center for Design in downtown Rockford.

The Armory, a massive, art deco structure on North Main Street, was recently acquired by the city and could play an important role in the development of Riverfront Museum Park. The building was built and designed in the 1930s by Bradley & Bradley Architects of Rockford.

Also new to the collection this year is the Woodward Governor building, and a special edition of Memorial Hall. Proceeds from the Memorial Hall ornament will benefit the continued preservation of the building as a museum and historic memorial to our armed forces who have died in battle.

Other ornaments available in the Landmark Collection include “Symbol” sculpture by Alexander Liberman (the best-selling ornament), “Guardians of the Rock” sculpture by Theresa Agnew, the Beattie Park Gazebo, the Rockford News Tower, the Faust Landmark building, the Coronado Theatre, New American Theater, Midway Theater, Lincoln Middle School, Sinnissippi Bur Oak Tree and Old City Hall.

In addition to the “Erlander Home,” other historic houses in the collection include the “Limestone Mansion,” home to the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, and the “Cobblestone House,” at 2127 Broadway (one of Rockford’s oldest houses), occupied by Graham Spencer Advertising.

Two other ornaments were created for Tinker Cottage and Klehm Arboretum, and are available at their respective gift shops.

All the Landmark ornament images are individually hand-painted on the inside of a glass sphere, utilizing an ancient Chinese technique originally applied to “snuff” bottles. Each collectible ornament is a miniature work of art. All ornaments are priced at $20.

For more information about the ornaments, contact Doc Slafkosky or Jerry Kortman at 968-0123.

From the Dec. 6 – Dec. 12, 2006, issue

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