The faux bois cement sculptures of Dionicio Rodriguez were so interesting that I visited three additional works that I hadn’t seen before. Patsy Light’s book Capturing Nature credits Rodriguez with creating the facade and palapa-roofed portico of the building at 2702 N. St. Mary’s Street. The building housed Jacala Restaurant when the facade was applied in 1952. The Lava Lounge nightclub opened there in August 2008.
My second stop was St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
at 102 Lorenz. Rodriguez created a grotto and 14 Stations of the Cross
at the church between 1928 and 1936. The church was started by the Missionary Servants of Saint Anthony to serve the residents of Cementville
(now called Lincoln Heights). The setting is very peaceful and serene. The grotto and the Stations of the Cross are on your right as you drive into the parking lot.
Grotto interior with shells
One of the Stations of the Cross
Rows of the Stations of the Cross
The third Rodriguez work I looked at was the entrance to Buckeye Park at 1600 W. Wildwood
on the access road for IH-10. The park was empty when I visited and the signs and benches were marked with graffiti. The gate looked to be in good condition.
Buckeye Park gate