Saturday, January 10, 2009

College Point's Norwood Museum destroyed by fire

A two-alarm fire raced through the home and museum of a College Point artist Tuesday night, probably destroying a collection of his life’s work.

The blaze started in the home around 5:38 p.m. at 22-12 119th St., fire officials said. It completely gutted the two-story structure and continued to burn into an extension of the building after 7:50 p.m., bringing out dozens of curious neighbors who watched it burn.

No one was injured in the blaze, which required 106 firefighters and 25 vehicles to combat, the FDNY said.

There was no indication how the fire started.

The home, regarded by the Fire Department as a commercial structure, was dedicated to the work of College Point artist John Norwood, who attended the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1950s and had his first exhibition in 1959, according to his Web site. His most recent exhibition was at the Queens Museum of Art in 2001.

College Point fire guts artist’s studio

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Truly sad!