Thanks to a freak-blizzard on what was to be LostWauk’s one-night exhibit, and the overwhelmingly positive reception from those who braved the weather: Explore LOST WAUKEGAN will return to the Karcher 405 Gallery this Saturday for a second, and final immersion in local art, history and adventure!
Built in 1894 by renowned local masons: the F. Sauter Building – located at 37 S. Genesee Street – was best known as the home of Stern’s Store for Men for nearly a century. Featuring red brick and ornate masonry with copper-clad turrets, bay windows, and exterior accents that in recent-years made it the poster child for Waukegan architecture: the landmark inspired artists of all generations and mediums amid the city’s booming Arts Revolution.
The unique building was, however, doomed by lack of maintenance in the second half of the 20th century. Its second and third-floor apartments were deemed uninhabitable in 1986, while Stern’s remained in business until 2010 – succumbing to the then-current economic recession and deteriorating structure. Four years, nine months later: the city acquired the property after an eighteen-month court process, only to immediately demolish it; its copper sent to the scrap heap, and its irreplaceable craftsmanship: damned to landfill.
Returning by popular demand: Explore LOST WAUKEGAN is a one-night exhibit hosted by the historic Karcher 405 Gallery, honoring the legacy of Waukegan’s fallen icon that promises to be a night of complete immersion in local art, history, and adventure like no other!
In his premiere gallery feature: haunting imagery by the [jonrevProjects] captures the dying breaths of a Waukegan legend, as he defies trespassing laws to take you on a forbidden journey inside the doomed landmark in the years and days leading to one of the area’s worst crimes against architecture. It’s a rare and final glimpse of what was, and what could have been.
Karcher will also host the works of fellow artists inspired by the Sauter Building: Cesar Rea, William Coleman, and Myrna Magliulo; along with a number of historic artifacts from 37 S. Genesee on loan courtesy of the Waukegan Historical Society.
Don’t miss the last time this collection of art and artifacts will be together!
LostWauk runs December 19th from 5-10pm at the Karcher Artspace Lofts: 405 Washington Street in downtown Waukegan, and is part of the monthly ArtWauk.
Admission is free.
From Chicago: take I-94 to E. IL-120. Turn left at Glen Rock Ave., and right on Washington Street.
Alternately: take the Metra UP-N from Ogilvie Transportation Center to Waukegan; weekend passes run $7. ArtWauk and the Karcher 405 Gallery are all within a five-minute walk from Waukegan Station.