The Iles House has been wearing handsome patriotic decorations ever since the Fourth of July. Dulany Sriner took this photo of the house on a recent summer afternoon. Dulany has many other images of the house, available as prints from his web site, D's Digitals.
One element the house has lacked is adequate off-street parking. Now, thanks to the generosity of AIG, successors to the Franklin Life Insurance Company, a quarter-block of parking is available at the southeast corner of Seventh and Cook Streets. Additional spaces are at the rear of the house, reserved for visitors who need to use the access ramp to reach the Museum level.
As a bonus decoration, Helen Stannard, a Springfield artist, volunteered to create a mural painting on the parking lot wall. Below you see her work in progress, featuring a cheerful summer sky and prairie garden. Would you like to see this entire wall painted? Please give us your comments below.