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Sold Cole Porters Home Peru Indiana South Bank Of The Wabash River Valley
Painting - Acrylic On Stretched Canvas
The view is atop the hill on the south side of Peru. The Cole Porter House is just off center to the lower right. The water tower, the Court House and St. Charles Church can be seen from this vantage point also. The street I am looking from is the oldest street in town and is paved with brick pavers. I've stood on this hill hundreds of times and painted this view as many as twenty times with a different focus each time. Today it was Cole Porter.
Born in 1891 to Samuel and Kate (Cole) Porter, Cole Porter was born in Peru, Indiana, and spent the first ten years of his life at 17-19 South Huntington Street. Here, Cole began his career as an unparalleled composer and lyricist, composing several of his early songs, including "The Bob-O-Link Waltz."
In the following years, Cole's birthplace was converted into a privately-owned apartment complex and fell into a state of disrepair. In 2003, a clandestine meth-amphetamine lab was discovered - and destroyed - in one of the upper apartments, and the property was turned over to the City of Peru.
In 2004, the Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre purchased this historic landmark. The civic theatre group was founded in 1964 as the namesake of vaudeville actor John Siguard "Ole" Olsen. Currently, OOMT is spearheading the restoration of the Cole Porter birthplace.
In a small Indiana town, on June 9th 1891, the genius we know as Cole Albert Porter was born. He went on to write over 1500 songs for Broadway productions, movies, and television. Today his music lives on. Every year on the second weekend of June, we celebrate his brilliance, and honor his life and music, with the Cole Porter Festival, in his hometown of Peru, Indiana.
The Cole Porter Festival
The Cole Porter Festival is held each year on the weekend nearest June 9th (Cole's birthday) in his hometown of Peru, Indiana.
February 20th, 2013
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