Canton’s original power plant at 720 Second St. SE is being converted into an artwork studio and gallery, and an art educational facility.
WHAT IS IT? Canton’s original power plant at 720 Second St. SE, designed by Thomas Edison, with legal work done by then attorney William McKinley. It is being converted into an artwork studio and gallery, and an art educational facility.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? Artist Russ Ensign of Canton is the owner of ArtiCulture Unlimited. He “resurrects cultural artifacts,” mostly old foundry and pattern shop molds and patterns. “I make functional and decorative art, some as large as 14 feet in diameter, some as small as a foot,” he said.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Two things: A building put up about 1917 will go back in use, in an attempt to extend downtown Canton’s art district into the warehouse district, he said. The facility is open, but work still is being done by owner Steve Coon and Project Rebuild Community School. The building also will house a workshop for Project Rebuild students to learn various forms of art, Ensign said.
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