PLATE 1. Near-kitschy — but always impressive — murals covered entire walls, an endearing reminder of past generations, past times, even past meals. Here, Garrison’s art features a vast still-life. Oranges, asters, grapes, feathers and a delicately rendered Old World sculpture stand watch over diners.
Riverside Inn: The Eclectic Art of Howard Garrison
BY JOSHUA HESTON
For 86 years, the Riverside Inn was an institution for the community of Ozark, Missouri. A sprawling structure along the flowing waters of the Finley River, the Riverside Inn — though part of the National Historic Registeer — was bulldozed in early 2010. Now a barren field, only a spreading magnolia and row of black gum trees remind travelers of this one-of-a-kind inn.
Originally published November 24, 2012.