Sunday, August 21, 2016

Art Association Location

The building where the St. Tammany Art Association is located on N. Columbia Street in Covington used to house a washateria. In fact, the faded out sign advertising a 15 cent wash and 25 cent dry is still visible in this photograph.


 
The Columbia Street home of the STAA




While not absolutely certain, the above photograph may show the current location (if not the current structure) of where the St. Tammany Art Association is located on Columbia Street at the alleyway.


At one time, the art association building was the location of the C. Nichols Toy Store


 The two story building in the background is the current location of the art association. 





The street scene in 1975, with the older section of H.J.Smith General Merchandise Store still in the background (with Dutch Boy paints billboard on the side of it)
 

and a few years later, after H.J. Smith's Son added a new building across the alleyway


In making the move to the new location, the art association really accomplished a great deal by renovating the structure for art galleries and art classes and the covered porch with a balcony on the second story. In this picture you can see the vacant lot between the washateria and the old H. J. Smith Sons General Merchandise Building (now the museum) prior to the building of the new H. J. Smith Sons store next to the alleyway. 


2016


In 2005 the News Banner spotlighted the work of Dottie Severson, an "unsung hero" who helped make the re-location of the Art Association a realilty.



Here's a short history of the St. Tammany Art Association written in 1988.


Here's another thumbnail sketch of the group's history from 1976