Bob Stanley's creations on display at museum
Bob Stanley of Augusta, known statewide for his miniature historic buildings, recently completed another intricate creation and it is on display at the Augusta Historical Museum.
The artisan’s works are made to scale and the majority are Augusta landmarks, including the old Augusta High School, the C.N. James Cabin, gas stations, mills, and homes.
“I enjoy it. It keeps me busy,” he says with a grin.
His latest is a model of the George W. Brown & Son State Bank, which housed the Land Office.
George Brown came to Augusta in 1870 and opened a bank in a two-story frame building in the 100 block of Fifth Street. After it was destroyed by fire, the Kuster Opera Block was erected in its place. The Brown Bank occupied the east end of the Kuster building until after the turn of the century, when it moved to 501 State Street.
Stanley advised that the building project took approximately seven months to complete.
He recycles materials, painstakingly making shingles from furniture veneers, and window glass from 35mm exposed film. Also impressive are the intricate stone walls included in some of his models.
“I enjoy trying to figure out what I can make from materials on hand,” he stated.
There are other works by Stanley also on display at the local museum. His works have been displayed at The Grassroots Art Center in Lucas, Kan., and a number of his works have been included in the Butler Community College Benefit Auction, raising funds for the Butler Foundation.
See Stanley’s unique creations at the Augusta Historical Museum, 303 S. State, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.