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Writer Donna Kublin

Corsicana, where both Mobil and Wolf Brand Chile were founded. Located 50 miles south of Dallas, Corsicana possesses notable turn-of-the-century Italianate architecture standing amid a predominate oil and agriculture industry. The Italianate style is a distinct 19th-century phase in the Kyle Hobratschk, a talented artist with ties to Carefree, the

history of classical architecture. It features the models and

Sonoran Arts League and Cactus Shadows High School, has

architectural vocabulary of 16th-century Italian Renaissance

discovered a new inspiration. The bricks, mortar, support

architecture, which served as inspiration for both Palladianism

pillars, windows and even termite damage of a building in

and Neoclassicism, synthesized with picturesque aesthetics.

Corsicana, Texas, fuel much of his current work. He believes it also inspires others through an artist residency program he

The 100 West building was constructed by and for the Odd

began there.

Fellows Fraternity, who after many years moved and left an unaltered space of dry, understated elegance ripe with

While in high school, Hobratschk was known for his exquisitely

potential.

detailed representational paintings that garnered praise and many awards. He attended college at Southern Methodist

“The building’s visual appeal was abundant, as was the work

University, earning a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting

that was needed to make it livable for artists,� said Hobratschk.

and printmaking, with architectural subject matter then becoming his main focus.

For the past two and a half years, the 11,000 square-foot space has been undergoing refurbishment by Hobratschk and

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After graduating in 2011, he purchased the empty 1898

six other artists, who do most of the work themselves. These

Italianate style Odd Fellows Lodge at 100 W. 3rd Ave. in

artists were seeking respite from a big city atmosphere, as

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Images Arizona: Grayhawk February 2015 Issue  

February 2015 Issue. Local magazine distributed to Grayhawk, DC Ranch, and North Scottsdale.

Images Arizona: Grayhawk February 2015 Issue  

February 2015 Issue. Local magazine distributed to Grayhawk, DC Ranch, and North Scottsdale.

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