TROY TWP. -- Put a paintbrush in Rich Popolow’s hand, and the past comes alive.
You can find some of his paintings of historic Troy buildings in the main hallway of the new Troy Community Hospital in Troy Township, including a piece depicting the original Troy Hospital as it appeared in its heyday.
“I love them,” Staci Covey, president of the hospital, said of Popolow’s paintings. “People comment on them.”
“It’s something unique that stands out a little differently here. He’s done a great job.”
Popolow, who lives in Armenia Township, is proud of the fact that his painting of the hospital is accurate, right down to the number of boards. His piece shows the hospital when it was painted white. Today, it’s a private residence, and is yellow with an enclosed porch.
For Popolow, reminding people of how things used to look is a pleasure.
“People don’t remember things, and I like to bring it out,” he said.
Interestingly, he uses not acrylics or oils or even watercolors, but house paint to bring his creations to life.
You can also find his paintings at the hospital of the former Oscoluwa Engine and Hose Fire Department building, and the Troy High School as it looked in 1923.
Popolow also treasures his painting of Judson’s Feed Store, which he did in memory of Wendell and Jo Judson, who he has fond memories of.
“We hit it right off,” he commented.
Of Wendell, he said, “he showed you what people should really be like.”
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com