Restaurant hosts event to celebrate painting

Castle Rock icon was built in early 1900s

Posted 6/16/15

A free public event is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. June 24 at the Augustine Grill in Castle Rock, in partnership with Colorado Art and Framing Gallery, to introduce artist Cindy Welch's latest rendering of an iconic Castle Rock building — in this …

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Restaurant hosts event to celebrate painting

Castle Rock icon was built in early 1900s

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A free public event is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. June 24 at the Augustine Grill in Castle Rock, in partnership with Colorado Art and Framing Gallery, to introduce artist Cindy Welch's latest rendering of an iconic Castle Rock building — in this case, the Augustine Grill. Limited-edition prints will be available, adding to Welch's series.

In appreciation of the stewardship of this architectural treasure, Welch will donate 10 percent of print sales at the event to the Augustine Grill. Commemorative postcards will also be available.

Per the restaurant's website: The Victorian home that has become the Augustine Grill — surrounded by a beautiful garden where guests may enjoy summer meals — was built in the early 1900s by George and Evelyn Leonard on lots purchased in 1875 for $2. In 1918, John and Anna Schweiger, who owned the Happy Canyon Ranch, purchased the home. When John Schweiger died, in 1925, their eldest daughter, Rose, lived in the home with her husband, Lester Tuggle, the town's first street and water commissioner — as well as night marshal.

In 1964, Mr. and Mrs. William McConnell purchased the home and she transformed it into the tearoom known as the Golden Dobbin, which attracted visitors for almost 30 years. It changed hands twice more and in 1996 Mike and Anna Linney bought the property, adding a north dining room in 2002 and the extensive open-air patio surrounding the restaurant today.

The Augustine Grill is one of 20 downtown Castle Rock properties that are part of the Castle Rock Historical Society and the Town of Castle Rock's historic marker program. Photos and information can be accessed by a QR code displayed on each building.

Cindy Welch of Castle Rock is a member of the Colorado Watercolor Guild and is represented by Colorado Art and Framing at 505 Second St. She is a Colorado native who studied at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. The Augustine Grill's garden is a favorite place to enjoy lunch with friends, she said.

If you go

From 5 to 7 p.m. on June 24, Cindy Welch's new painting of the Augustine Grill and a limited edition of prints will be introduced at the restaurant, 519 Wilcox St., Castle Rock. Free.

Augustine Grill, Castle Rock, Colorado, Sonya Ellingboe

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