Mercantile as art center

Yet another interesting possibility for an art center. Don’t know anything about it, but walk by the building on the north side of downtown Grand Island a couple times a week. Wonder about the building’s history; a mercantile in Grand Island, Nebraska?

Course, we’d still much prefer the location to be a little ways out in the country, per our oft-repeated, Kathleen Norris inspired philosophy of the Plains.

Adding: Some history on the mercantile can be found here in the History of Hall County, thanks to Google Books.

Adding again
: It appears as though the building is used (owned?) by Skagway. I’ve seen their box trucks parked at the loading dock a few times since originally posting this.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

2 Responses to Mercantile as art center

  1. Julie says:

    I enjoy the image of the art retreat as an “otherness”, another place, from which one might gain perspective on the life usually lived.

    At the same time, locating in a central area (a relative center, really; for plenty of people, your general area is removed from their world) has the potential to increase the art center’s visibility and its income.

  2. Lillian says:

    The building doesn’t really scream ‘Art” to me. I think a more modern building would be better suited to an art center. Just my 2 cents.

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