From a truly loving wife and business partner in Facemakers,
Inc. of Savanna, Illinois, USA:
We married in 1975, and came to Savanna in May of 1976.
We started buying houses around us, thinking that, as the business grew, we could move various aspects of Facemakers into
them. In fact, we filled the house behind Havencrest with workers, until it was rather bursting at the seams, so to
In late 1988, just as we were contemplating which department
should move to one of the other buildings, the Avenue School was put up for auction, and it was rumored to be slated for destruction,
because its location was perfect for a fast food restaurant. We won the auction, primarily to save the building, and
quickly realized that we could move Facemakers into it, and have room left for an art centre. It took almost three
years to restore, refurbish and redecorate, but we opened our theatre there, in 1990. Every performance benefited some
local charity, from the hospital to the Carroll County Humane Society, which I founded decades ago.
In 1991 we produced an original play, ("Alva!"), which
attracted the attention of "Theatre Week", a periodical out of New York, who, for the first time in their history, sent
an editor to an amateur theatre to do a review. It was quite positive, and we began a series of presentations that continued
through 2000 when health issues made it necessary to end our programs, there. Since then, Facemakers has expanded
into a number of the spaces, with plans to pursue that course.
In 1993 we tripled the size of the house, creating
more guest rooms and rooms for entertainment, including a grand ballroom. Since then we have been involved in designing
and decorating those rooms, in a manner in keeping with our mission statement of creating an example of the way American aristocracy
lived, at the turn of the century.
Each room is a fresh canvas, a potential exhibition
site for Mr. St. George's talents. His paintings and sculptures are the centrepieces for each space.
Visiting our website: http://www.facemakersincorporated.com might be beneficial, especially regarding things like "client list".
Mrs. St. George