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Long Walk Down the Aisle

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 15 June 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The sanctuary of Immaculate Conception Church, Waukegan, Illinois. Immaculate Conception Church is one of the oldest parishes in northern Illinois. It was established in 1841. The original name was St. Anne. The earliest services were held in a log cabin and at that time there were 25-30 parishioners who were served by clerics from Vincennes, Indiana. Early parishoners were said to have traveled to the cabin by horseback, ox carts, and waterways.

The parish was renamed St. Mary after 1843. The first mass in the building at County and Water streets was held in 1847. Land for that building had been sold to the church by Michael Dulanty on June 13, 1844. The parish was renamed St. Bernard by 1854. In 1857, a school was established. The church and school were enlarged around 1859. In 1864, the parish was named Immaculate Conception.

Early pastors included Rev. Bernard McGarish and Rev. John Brady. Bishop Quarter presided at the first confirmation ceremony in 1845, when 56 people were confirmed. Rev. Henry Coyle started the first parish school. Rev. Michael Donohue enlarged the school. Rev. Edward A. Gavin was pastor for 55 years starting in 1871. He was followed by Father Shea.

This church pictured was constructed at Grand Avenue and West Street and it was dedicated in 1930. The old church was torn down and the bell placed in the new building. Immaculate Conception celebrated its centennial in 1944. In 1955 a new school building was dedicated.

Photo taken May 2, 2009.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/60 second F/5.6 ISO 400 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good image

15 Jun 2009 5:43am

Linda from Riga/Sigulda, Latvia

the great lighting and the plays of light and shade make this image very good indeed. even more worthy with the story

15 Jun 2009 10:37am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Yes, you did it! Fine image of a beautiful church with very elegant neo-classical interior. Good job!

15 Jun 2009 1:25pm

@MadScientist: This is the church I once told you a few months ago that I so wanted to get inside and photograph. All of the front doors were wide open and I happened to have my camera with me. :-)

zOOm from Paris, France

Nice perspective.

15 Jun 2009 3:08pm

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

Although a very formal and restrained interior, it remains comforting by way of the soft lighting. Perfect place for thought.

15 Jun 2009 6:04pm

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

A really beautiful church, and you've captured it beautifully too.

15 Jun 2009 11:00pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Thanks for the look inside, and for the historic summary. It's a beautiful house of worship.

15 Jun 2009 11:27pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

A great view of this church!

15 Jun 2009 11:53pm