4 Center Street

"Living Image," by Pierre Riche, at 4 Center Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

“Living Image,” by Pierre Riche, at 4 Center Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

Ronny Hazel, by Joey Mars.

Ronny Hazel, by Joey Mars.

Safe bet: if you came across this wild, woolly, in-your-face sculpture garden and were asked which shopkeeper lived here, you would guess, “The guy who runs the wild, woolly, in-your-face Shop Therapy.” Correct. This is indeed the home of Ronny Hazel. Built around 1870, No. 4 served originally as the parsonage for the Center Methodist Episcopal Church across the street, now the Public Library. The last parson to live here was the Rev. Gilman Lewis Lane, who left in 1965. The building was sold to Irving Baff and Harold Hersh — also known as Mr. Kenneth, the milliner. Hazel bought it in 1991. Peter Annese of Stone by Columbus began building a wall that just kept growing, eventually framing abundant gardens that are settings for some very large sculptures, including Living Image, a 10-foot-long gryphonlike creature by Pierre Riche.


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