Pocket Door, oil on wood, 10″ x 8″, 2018
The Concordia Neighborhood west of downtown was once home to wealthy and middle-class Milwaukee families. Over the years, the neighborhood went into economic decline and many of the original buildings were lost, but beginning in the 1980s, people began renovating the neighborhood’s grand old houses. I made this painting in the “Bowen House,” which was built in 1898. At one point in its history, the house was converted into a boarding house like many of the big houses in the neighborhood. I was fascinated to find working pocket doors, and I seem to have an ongoing affinity for fireplaces. My own 1903 working class house has neither.
Includes medium walnut finish maple float frame with hanging hardware installed, so that you can hang it up immediately.