Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Urban sketching the A.S. Herlong fruit packing building


So here's the deal on this sketch done this morning in Leesburg, FL just a few blocks off Main street.  This building (built in 1913) is the now historic orange and grapefruit packing house for the Belle of Florida brand of fruit (possibly others too...as I have found half a dozen crate labels marked "Leesburg").  But this is the only label I could find with the Herlong name on it.

The building was named for an important Congressman (A.S. Herlong) who represented Fl for a number of years.    The building is now obviously 104 years old.  And it is getting ready for demolition in a few days...purchased by a local college (Beacon College).  So the art group came down to take photos for further sketches and I sat down and spent about 1-1/2 hours enjoying visiting with people while I did this sketch.

These labels are collectable.  And so down here in FL you are apt to find them in museums.
(I am wondering who the lady is?  Mrs. Herlong?) She is surrounded by orange blossoms.



1 comment:

  1. Ahhhh this answers some of my questions about the history of this building. A perfect day too, wasn't it? Great seeing you!!!

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