Posted: Jan. 11, 2020 12:01 am

I enjoyed seeing the new sculptures at the schools in Quincy. When are the other sculptures going to be installed?


The privately funded sculptures are being installed at the five elementary schools, Quincy Junior High School, Quincy High School and Quincy Notre Dame High School as part of a partnership between Arts Quincy and the Moorman Foundation as a way to celebrate education.

Sculptures were installed last year at Quincy High School (“Vault” from Dan Perry of Waterloo, Iowa), Sarah Atwater Denman Elementary School (“Taking Flight” from Fritz Olsen of Sawyer, Mich.) and Thomas S. Baldwin Elementary School (“Flyers” from Bob Doster of Lancaster, S.C.).

Laura Sievert, executive director of Arts Quincy, said the remaining sculptures will be placed before the end of the school year, with Quincy Notre Dame (“Reaching for the Sky” from Hilde DeBrune of Cumming, Iowa) set for later this month or early February.

Dr. Abby Fox Rooney Elementary School (an untitled sculpture from Timothy Jorgensen of Windsor, Wis.) is near completion, but installation will wait for a break in the weather to pour concrete and for crew availability.

Col. George J. Iles Elementary School (“Red Tails” from Jorgensen), Quincy Junior High (“Cosmic Clockwork” from Jim Jenkins of Batavia) and Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School (“Birds of a Feather” from Michael Young of Chicago) are tentatively slated for installation starting in April.


I know the Boy Scout office moved. What is going to happen to the old office?


The Mississippi Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America sold it, and it is used as a residence.

The council announced in July 2018 that it had bought the former Katherine Road Animal Hospital at 2522 Locust and would convert it into a new Scout Service Center.

The Scouts held the ribbon cutting for the new center in May 2019. The new center boosts a large reception area, Scout store, conference rooms and office space.

The former office building had been with the council since 1966 after the Gardner family donated the Ernest Chatten house.

The art-moderne style home built in 1938 was designed by architect Charles Behrensmeyer.


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