Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 21, 1965):
Sculptor John Rogers, once described as "honest and as inelegant as a stable boy," was one of America's most popular -- and prolific -- artists. During a 33-year career, he produced nearly 80,000 plaster copies of his 86 "Rogers Groups." These genre figures depicted "the little moments in life, humorous and sentimental, events which make up a lifetime." His statuettes "Coming to the Parson," "Neighboring Pews," and "The Checker Players," decorated Victorian parlors throughout the land. He used this studio from 1876 to the end of his life.