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Statue of Louis Joliet on Ottawa Street
Statue of Louis Joliet on Ottawa Street
TitleStatue of Louis Joliet on Ottawa Street
CreatorWilliams, Adele Fay
Date of the DrawingMarch 17, 1929
DescriptionDrawing of a bronze statue of Louis Joliet on Ottawa Street sketched from a window on Clinton street. This drawing is a part of the Robert E. Sterling Collection
Title of ArticleOttawa street is growing
Transcript of the ArticleFrom the Joliet Herald-News Sunday March 17, 1929 "New vistas for old is the eternal cry of progress. And such is the continuous progress of busy, modern Joliet, that these new perspectives seem to arrive over night, so stealthy is their approach. The new vistas of Ottawa street as seen in the sketch from a window on Clinton street is really an eye opener, taking it by and large, if you have not yet stopped to think of it. This view does not attempt to show each and every one of the splendid new buildings that have sprung on Ottawa street within the year. It serves rather as a gateway to the promising, magnificent new Ottawa street parade of progress north of Clinton street. Ornament to Joliet. A corner of the public library at the left of the picture, shows but a bit of its beautiful construction, an architectural triumph, not exactly new, but still an ornament to Joliet. On the left of the sketch is a bit of the facade of Providence high school, formerly the Sisters of Loretto, reminiscent of the mansard period of the 70s and the 80s in its dignified red brick construction. Next to the library may be seen but a corner of the beautiful Public Service building, which grows in colorful loveliness inside and out while the finishing touches are being placed. On the other side, showing in the farther perspective of the sketch, is the serenely beautiful and classically proportioned structure for Dinet's department store, but recently finished. And still further beyond the visible perspective of the sketch in Ottawa street is the spectacular new Y. M. C. A. building, very new, but already a power in the community. Diagonally opposite is the exquisite gem-like Woodruff clinic, but recently finished. Added to these is the Chamber of Cammerce, most picturesque of all, Joliet's pride, unique in its Spanish loveliness and charm only five years old. Five or six important buildings in a few blocks of one street in one year is really a remarkable construction, a leap, a sign of the times at which Joliet may well congratulate herself. And besides this there are other new Ottawa street buildings, the Sears Roebuck store at Van Buren street and the distinguished and beautiful Will County bank, on the Ottawa and Jefferson street corner. Each Beauty Spot. Each one of these new structures is a beauty spot, perfect in its own way, conferring honor upon the city in which it stands, each one something more for Joliet to be proud of. Pleasantly enough Louis Joliet himself, in his bronze counterfeit presentment in the library front yard, comes right into the picture with his hand outstretched as if to say ‘Bless You, My Children!' or ‘Well done good and faithful people, ' or it might be he is saying ‘Just see what I started when I came by here with Father Marquette, so many years ago.' And by the same token he seems to point impartially between the Marquette and the Hobbs hotel. At any rate the Chevalier de Joliet appears to be right proud of his work, as he stands in bronze immobility. Old Mansions Gone. Of course all of this modern progress has not been achieved without laying low a choice assortment of landmarks. For Ottawa street and its purlieus once housed the charming old garden, mansions and homes of Joliet's first citizens, up and down the line. The most recent of those mansions to fall before the juggernaut of progress was the large, mansard, brick home of the Wilcox family which stood on the spot where the Public Service building now looks so decoratively debonair. Churches Still Stand. An the smaller brick home of the Harwood family, built by the pioneer Elvis Harwood, quite early in Joliet history stood on a spot now covered by the Dinet building. Strangely enough some of the Dinet ancestors once lived in this home. But beside the Wilcox family, the Harwood family, the Woodruffs, the Hydes, the F. L. Cagwin family, the Judge Heath family, the Sherman Bowens, the Munroes, the Adam family, the Dr. Davis family, the Burden family—all these and many more had charming flowery and shaded home that have now disappeared before the march of progress. Several churches have disappeared also, but two are left, right in the stormy zone of growth, St. Mary's Catholic church and the Ottawa street M. E. church."
SubjectWilliams, Adele Fay
Joliet (Ill.) -- History
Physical Description30 cm. x 22.5 cm.
SourceClick this link for more historical information on the Joliet area - http://lewisu.edu/imcanal
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
RightsAll rights held by Lewis University. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University at 815-836-5665.
CollectionAdele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints (Lewis University)
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