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    The A’s Have It - Art & Architecture

    This package will delight architecture aficionados and offer a hands-on artsy experience. Your day begins with a hearty brunch at the historic General Denver Restaurant. Built in 1928 the Jacobethan design details are incorporated as purposeful construction rather than ornamentation. After brunch, you will divide up into three smaller groups allowing for a more personal experience at each of the next three stops. All three venues are within a one block radius in downtown. One group will visit the historic Murphy Theatre built by Charles Webb Murphy, former owner of the Chicago Cubs. Highlights of the theater include a sunburst chandelier, marble floors and polished oak doors. Ornamental plaster with a continuous row of cupid heads was carved by Italian artists. The second group will tour the Clinton County Courthouse. This grand and luxurious Second Renaissance Revival building was dedicated in 1918. View marble staircases, a 36-foot diameter dome, garland-decorated frieze panels and Corinthian columns. The third group will meet with artisan John Schumn of the South Street Gallery. John will demonstrate how stained glass is made. Everyone will then create their very own piece of stained glass as a souvenir. Each group will then rotate until everyone has enjoyed all three venues for an intimate experience. Before departing feel free to meander throughout downtown identifying various architectural styles highlighted in the Walking Tour of the Commercial Historic District.

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