- Published: Thursday, 17 November 2016 00:17
- Written by Martha Trese
By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor
MOUNT VERNON - Workers transforming the Buckeye Candy building to Kenyon College's Wright Center Wednesday painted over the Buckeye Candy reference on the west side of the structure. The old Mail Pouch tobacco mural will remain on the building's south side.
The new Wright Center facade was painted on Wednesday afternoon - KP Photo by Marty Trese
Mary Keister, Kenyon's Director of News Media Relations told KP, "Kenyon is committed to maintaining the historic aesthetic of the Wright Center, formerly the Buckeye Candy building. Keeping that goal in mind, the College worked to design and implement a sign, approved by the city, that would recreate the look of the Buckeye Candy banner and retain the building's familiar facade. Kenyon has an obligation to make visible the name of the new Wright Center so that the public can engage in the important community work taking place in the building. The Mail Pouch sign will remain."
On the north wall a Wright Center sign has gone up.
The Ariel Foundation helped Kenyon acquire the Buckeye Candy building on South Main Street in 2015, with additional support from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County and gifts by private donors.
The $6 million effort to save and restore the warehouse at 400 S. Main Street for College and community use is on schedule for completion in December. With the building, Kenyon joins Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Central Ohio Technical College in an education corridor on South Main Street.