Foundations Partner to Preserve Local Folk-Art Landmark
H.G. Hartman’s master work gets the care it deserves.
The Hartman Rock Garden, located at 1905 Russell Avenue in Springfield, has been restored by The Kohler Foundation, a Wisconsin organization that began restoration in May 2009 on the Depression-era handiwork of H.G. “Ben” Hartman.
A new group representing the Springfield Foundation and the Turner Foundation accepted the deed to the home and surrounding property December 8, 2009 under the name “Friends of the Hartman Rock Garden.”
A dedication is being planned in the Spring of 2010. Perpetual care of the rock garden – which includes more than 250,000 individual stones that combine a mixture of history, religion, and depression-era pop culture – will be necessary for its continuation.
An Agency Endowment fund has been set up at the Springfield Foundation, and tax-deductible donations to the “Friends of the Hartman Rock Garden” may be sent to:
The Springfield Foundation
c/o Friends of the Hartman Rock Garden
4 West Main Street, Suite 825
Springfield, OH 45502
or you may Donate Now on this website.
If you would like additional information about the Hartman Rock Garden you may find the following sources of interest:
» Hartman Rock Garden on Facebook
» Hartman Rock Garden Blog
» Springfield News-Sun (search for Hartman Rock Garden for a number of stories)
» Springfield Art.net
Establish your own Agency Endowment Fund. For more information, contact