Bricktown Coloring Book


“Bricktown,” a nickname for Washington, was inspired by Nancy Breeden Marasa’s upbringing in Downtown Washington in the 1960s.

Marasa, self-described as a “free-range” child and the “Downtown Girl,” relished exploring among the many brick buildings and businesses still standing in those days.

This adult coloring book contains 50 illustrations of buildings and old advertisements from Washington’s past. Some are inspired by childhood memories and her godmother’s stories. Old photographs and newspaper advertising influenced others.

Illustrations include City Hall in 1923, Missouri Meerschaum, Henry Tibbe’s house, the Washington Historical Society’s AME Annex, store windows from the past, the Busch Mansion, the 1920s-era Bank of Washington, Kruel’s Dime Store, 1960s-era Old Dutch and Missouri Valley Creamery. The Downtown Girl herself is found in some illustrations.