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Baker Memorial United Methodist Church

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 26 January 2012 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Avenue in St. Charles, Illinois, was a gift from Colonel Edward J. Baker in memory of his parents, Martha and Edward Baker. Designed by architects Gray, Laz and Mall of Geneva, Illinois, Baker Memorial Church represented the completion of a long journey which began with the church’s founding in 1837.

As the need arose for a larger facility, Colonel Baker offered to construct and equip a new church building on the present site. Preparation began in 1952, and the dedication ceremony was conducted on September 19, 1954. According to accounts of the time, this structure was the largest single gift to a Methodist congregation by an individual.

Photo captured January 16, 2011.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/250 second F/9.0 ISO 100 26 mm

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Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Another beautiful building. A terrific shot, Steven.

26 Jan 2012 5:06am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

I love the detail in this shot - There's so much to look at, from the flag, to the design of the doors, to the sign out front, to the windows up in the tower - fabulous!

26 Jan 2012 5:20am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wow, this is beautiful. I agree - lots to look at, but not busy at all. Well done.

26 Jan 2012 5:42am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Excellent HDR

26 Jan 2012 8:00am

Florence from Paris, France

I would not expect to see such in Illinois. Some churches like this can also be found here.

26 Jan 2012 8:09am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wonderful crisp finish to this edit, marvellous!

26 Jan 2012 8:09am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb composition ! Great treatment !

26 Jan 2012 9:21am

fereshteh. from Iran

Wonderful composition.

26 Jan 2012 11:10am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Stunning HDR work and beautiful piece of heritage.

26 Jan 2012 11:43am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Beautiful church and love the details you brought out!

26 Jan 2012 12:13pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Great processing. It goes hand in hand with the texture of the church.

26 Jan 2012 3:55pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I like your post-processing here, makes the whole composition sharp and clear. Very nice building ! Have a lovely day :)

26 Jan 2012 4:31pm

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

very nice HDR.

26 Jan 2012 4:32pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I LOVE that stone work..and the desing of this church i magnificent - as though it was always meant to be at this location - the steps , the elevation, everything! Being an old Methodist it majkes me proud. My uncle was aminister in one of teh largest Churches in Cleveland for many years....I coontinue to be a "good Methodist" which means that I go to Church about once every 2 or three years...Cool composition, Steven!

26 Jan 2012 5:39pm

tataray from france, France

Magnifique monument. Beau traitement ))

26 Jan 2012 5:49pm

Phil David Morris, 2012 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

The window and steeple similar to a church I used to live nearby to, and spectacular
construction and size make it look more like a compound. Superb work, Steven.

26 Jan 2012 6:37pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & butiful !!!!!!!!!!!!!

26 Jan 2012 6:41pm

franz from Baden, Austria

quite a majestic structure, with attractively textured walls and interesting details, e.g. the blue roof!
what kind of colonel could afford to make such a gift, i wonder ?!?

26 Jan 2012 6:52pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

An interesting processing…

26 Jan 2012 7:53pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

nicely finished.

26 Jan 2012 9:28pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A beautiful church. I love all the detail and the bell tower.

26 Jan 2012 9:44pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

superbly processed

26 Jan 2012 11:19pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Excellent composition and processing!

27 Jan 2012 12:00am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Perfectly framed and processed; your architectural photography is superb.

27 Jan 2012 12:36am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I came to pay a visit and just love this image, though my personal preference might be for more contrast.

I'm still smiling over Denny's comment on being a "good methodist'. I'm not sure my local pastor would agree on those 'terms' ... but I do think Denny is a good man. (grin)

1 Feb 2012 5:33am