- December 18, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
QUINCY — Two of Quincy’s most prominent business leaders will be honored with induction into the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Hall of Fame at a ceremony in January.
In 1947, George Irwin founded the nation’s first community arts council with the Quincy Society of Fine Arts, now known as Arts Quincy. Beginning in the 1950s, Irwin started working to protect landmark structures planned for demolition, including securing registration on the National Register of Historic Places for several. In 1961, he founded and served as first chairman of Americans for the Arts before founding the Illinois Arts Council in 1963.
Along with Paul Sprague, Irwin completed a county-wide survey of historic architecture of Adams County in 1972. Through QSFA, he helped produce one of three national studies of the arts and…