Paul J. Frank has been involved in woodworking and design since the age of 12. He graduated from the S.I.U. School of Architecture in the early 80's and soon began realizing his dream of creating and building a home in Southern Illinois.
At the age of 26, Paul purchased a former daffodil farm with an old barn on it that served as his original workshop and living quarters. He began his life mission of creating a place to share with others. Over the next five years, Paul planted 4500 trees as a way to return to the earth that which he would use in his work. He spent many hours collecting the stone which would become an integral part of his home design. He has a large woodshop where he has created award-winning furniture as well as honing the finer details of his craft.. Paul built a zen-style cabin on the pond that now serves as a retreat cottage immersed in nature. Eva's Roost opened to the public in August of 2017 and is available for guests and retreatants. In 2006, Paul added painting to his creative pursuits with a collection that has continued to grow.
The original barn has evolved into a 3400 sq ft home including a third floor with a cabin-like feel inside. Aptly named Center For Lost Arts, Paul's home and property is a nature-inspired and welcoming space for those attending yoga classes, retreats, learning hands-on skills such as carpentry, stonework, growing food and more.
Over the past thirty years Paul has designed and/or built 60 plus structures in the Southern Illinois and Chicago areas, Although most of his designs have been homes, some of his craftsmanship & furniture can be viewed publicly at: Makanda Inn & Cottages; Blue Sky Winery; Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden; Back 2 Basics; Raven's Bend; Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Beth Jacob synagogue in Chicago and Unitarian Fellowship in Carbondale. Paul is turning his attention to designing and building tiny homes. The first home is under construction and will serve as a model for those wishing to order their own custom-made tiny home. If you would like to come and see the project in person, send an email through the CONTACT page. Paul, and his partner Bonnie, welcome you to visit and explore a simpler and more meaningful way of living and being. If you would like to follow Center For Lost Arts on instagram, you can see photos posted by Bonnie, guests & retreatants HERE.
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