The last masterpiece of a dead Marion County visionary just got national recognition.
Pasaquan, the colorful concrete compound built by Eddie Owens Martin, the eccentric artist who called himself St. EOM, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.
Official notice that the site has been deemed "architecturally and historically significant" comes from W. Ray Luce, Division Director and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register formally lists cultural resources worthy of preservation, to aid in coordinating efforts to protect them.
Martin was born in Marion County in 1908, the son of a local farmer. In his teens he moved to New York City and lived there until the mid-1950s. He came back to Buena Vista to live on 4 acres he inherited from his mother, Lydia Story Martin.
In the late '50s, he began transforming the family farmhouse and its outbuildings into the visionary art compound now recognized internationally as unique. It's a series of vividly painted structures portraying Martin's vision of a utopian future — his expression of a connection between the earthly environment and the spiritual creator.
In failing health, Martin killed himself at Pasaquan in 1986.
Online at www.pasaquan.com, visitors are invited to tour Pasaquan the first Saturday of each month, from April through November. Pasaquan is about 6 miles outside Buena Vista.