fine art gallery with over one thousand art objects by such
artists as Renoir, Thomas Hart Benton and Frederic Remington...in
El Dorado, Kansas??? ABSOLUTELY!
the classic columns and the heavy doors of the Bluestem Building
in the One-Hundred block of North Main, visitors find a warm
personal atmosphere in which to enjoy the Coutts memorial collection.
The museum was established in 1970 by Warren Hall Coutts, Jr.,
an El Dorado attorney, in honor of his son and law partner,
Warren Hall "Bud" Coutts III, who died tragically
in a plane crash in 1965. In the words of its founder, the museum
is to serve as "...a memorial for all time to come commemorating
the memory of all the beloved sons and daughters of this community."
elder Coutts died in 1988 at the age of 88. True to his conviction
in death, even as in life, Hall Coutts, Jr. made provisions
in his will for the continuation of the memorial, including
new acquisitions and a new structure to be built in the future.
The museum board of directors now oversees the operation and
development of the museum.
fulfillment of its founder's wishes, the museum is a continuing
legacy of fine art.
Hall Coutts, Jr.