“It’s in the Details,” an exhibition of photography and architectural drawings celebrating the beauty of Lawrence County’s architecture past and present, opens Thursday at The Confluence.

A reception will take place 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibit was inspired by the Lawrence County Partner’s in Preservation’s annual photography competition, which tends to focus on the many interesting architectural details of historic buildings throughout the county. Arts and Education at the Hoyt is a co-sponsor of the exhibit.

The contest winners include

First Place: “Making a Grand Entrance,” Raney/Jameson Mansion, Jefferson Street, New Castle, by Sally Dexter of New Castle

Second Place: “Heavenly Patina,” St. Elias Orthodox Church, Ellwood City, by Hayden Slade of Portersville

Third Place: “Open the Past,” 330 N. Jefferson St., New Castle, by Bobby Jean Haines-Campbell of New Galilee

People’s Choice Award: “The View,” Rose Point Bridge by Debbie Haney of New Castle

Honorable mention went to “Suspension,” Union Township, by Andrew Henley of Edinburg

“Final Tribute,” Westside, New Castle by Sally Dexter of New Castle

“Church Windows,” New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, Cori Surano of Hermitage

The bulk of the exhibition features a historic collection of architectural renderings drafted by the century-old firm of Eckles Architecture around the turn of the century. Many of these, like the Stritmaters building on East Washington Street, some will likely recognize. Others, such as the prestigious Penn Theatre lost to urban renewal in the 1960s, have likely been long forgotten.

Together, the photos and drawings illustrate the birth, decline and renewal of Lawrence County’s history, “With the aim of developing an appreciation for the beauty of these assets and what they contribute to a community,” adds Hoyt’s Executive Director, Kimberly Koller-Jones.

“It’s in the Details” will be on display at The Confluence, 214 E. Washington St. through Oct.17. Admission is free.

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