Pinckneyville Square Garden Project
One of the projects funded by the 2016 Masquerade Party was to establish a community garden and landscaped green space for the lot where the Opera House and Antique Mall stood before the fire. Plans include raised vegetable and flower beds, fruit trees, and a garden area tended by the U of I Extension Master Gardeners and the PCHS FFA members. Landscaping plans to begin by October 2017.
With funds generously donated by The Engelhardt Family Foundation, The Foundation for Pinckneyville recently purchased the old McDaniel’s Furniture building on the north side of the Courthouse with the intention of creating additional green space. The west side may include a pavilion, seating area, and shade trees. Foundation President, Dustin Foutch, said, “The mission of the Foundation for the Future of Pinckneyville is to make the city more appealing and to encourage growth. Right now, the downtown – which is filled with abandoned buildings – doesn’t do that.”
A structural engineer said the building would have to be condemned and any improvements to the building would be cost prohibitive. After demolishing the McDaniel’s Furniture building, this new lot will allow the project to expand to include a beautifully landscaped area on both sides of the road framing the entrance to the square. “This project will have a dual purpose,” said Foutch, “It will help to improve the image of downtown Pinckneyville and will provide a functional space for the community to use. The goal of this endeavor is for the advancement and enjoyment of the whole community.”
Top: The old McDaniel Furniture building as of June 2017. The building on the east end was once a Post Office.
Bottom: The empty lot where the Kuntz Opera House and antique mall burned down in June of 2011. This east side will be the first stage of the garden project.