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Haines Museum - Waukegan Historical Society

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 6 March 2012 in Architecture and Portfolio.

When Jane Addams, founder of Hull House, and Louise DeKoven Bowen, president and benefactor of the association, were driven in a sleigh over the crest of the hill at Sheridan Road and Greenwood Avenue on a snowy November day in 1910, they took one look at the glistening panorama and knew they had found their campsite. For months the women had been searching for the perfect spot for summer outings for underprivileged Chicago children. The 72-acre site with its gentle slopes, ravine and woods, owned by Waukegan Mayor Fred Buck, proved the answer to their dream.

Earlier, Buck had tried to sell the property to the city for a park. His idea was rejected as foolish. "Too far out of town," opponents claimed.

The only house on the property in 1910 was the Haines "farmhouse" - a once elegant country home used as a retreat by John Charles Haines, mayor of Chicago in 1858. Marble fireplaces, an etched glass door and carved stairways represented rural living at its best in the 19th century. Haines died in residence in 1896.

The story goes that by the time Miss Addams and Mrs. Bowen arrived on the scene the dining room of the house was being used as a coal bin. Miss Addams is reported to have said, "Well, this will be torn down anyway." But Mrs. Bowen decreed that it be saved and cleaned up.

For all the years the camp - known as Bowen Country Club - operated, the house was used by Miss Addams and Mrs. Bowen when they came out from the city, by caretakers and by winter campers, one of the more famous of whom was Benny Goodman.

In 1963, Hull House Association sold the property to the Waukegan Park District, thus realizing Mayor Fred Buck's old dream. In 1973, the farmhouse was leased to the Waukegan Historical Society for their permanent headquarters.

With the help of the Park District, there has been an on-going restoration of the Victorian beauty ever since. Old records document the original house circa 1855. Rooms were added on to the south (seen here) in the 1870's with Charles Dickinson as architect.

Photo captured July 20, 2009.

DSLR-A300 1/50 second F/5.6 ISO 100 24 mm

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Roman from Thiersee, Austria

wow, what an excellent HDR shot!
great composition, great colors, great details - bravo!

6 Mar 2012 7:17am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

nice shot of this beauty house
Have a lovely day

6 Mar 2012 8:11am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Lovely house with beautifully maintained garden.. excellent

6 Mar 2012 8:50am

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

Magnificent photo, the light and colour work together to carve the fine detail in this incredible
house, it really is a prize and almost wish it still was in private hands, and feel it should have
stayed so, although probably all the land that goes with it would have been parcelled out, and
ultimately the house would be gone eventually. Beautiful photo.

6 Mar 2012 9:08am

l'Angevine from Angers, France

joli ce bleu qui ressort à l'avant de cette maison

6 Mar 2012 9:50am

Florence from Paris, France

Awesome and powerful process, colors pop on my screen. A museum ? I would love to live in there, would make a very inviting home.

6 Mar 2012 10:07am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Absolutely superb HDR work to create this magnificent image, Steven. Your HDR processing has progressed by leaps and bounds over the last year or so. Well done!

6 Mar 2012 12:11pm

Karen Politte from Conway, United States

beautiful old house!

6 Mar 2012 1:08pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great bit of history Steve, and good that the old house still has an important use.
Now the big question, is the clapperboard fascia white, or blue?

6 Mar 2012 1:36pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Lovely light!

6 Mar 2012 3:40pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely place in the warm light.

6 Mar 2012 4:06pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Very beautiful house, it has so much character...great capture.

6 Mar 2012 4:39pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

You absolutely rocked this shot, Steven : it looks fabulous. This is my kind of old home, with bay windows and loads of charm. Very nicely painted, too.

6 Mar 2012 6:12pm

Trina from Pennsylvania, United States

Great light and processing!

6 Mar 2012 6:16pm

tataray from france, France

Lumineuse ... Très belle)

6 Mar 2012 6:23pm

cassiel from Mexico, Mexico

Great work on the HDR

6 Mar 2012 6:48pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Wonderful shot and treatment! Superb! Thumbs up!

6 Mar 2012 7:12pm

Kala from United States

Wonderful framing and HDR processing.

6 Mar 2012 7:34pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

What a beautiful house. Great shot.

6 Mar 2012 7:38pm

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

Light and shadows, vivid colors, and this beautiful house, all creates a super image . You say - museum ..Wow,, so many houses like this one I see around here, looking like a museum ;)

6 Mar 2012 8:51pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

A fantastic house... And a very nice HDR post-processing ! Nice work Steven. Have a lovely day :)

6 Mar 2012 8:52pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous color and archtecture! Beautiful processing. I had just heard something recently on NPR about Hull House. They said it was closing and it was the oldest social service agencies in the US. That is really sad if it is true.

6 Mar 2012 11:36pm

@Elaine Hancock: It's true and it already happened. :-(

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A handsome shot of this wonderful building...lovely to know the details of its checkered history !!

6 Mar 2012 11:43pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Jack Benny would be proud

7 Mar 2012 1:09am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Fabulous detail, beautiful colors!

8 Mar 2012 2:31am

rick from brisbane, Australia

Excellent processing and composition. Top shot.

8 Mar 2012 7:23am

Stefanie from Paris, France

Great composition and treatment.

8 Mar 2012 10:39am

Yonatan from New York, United States

Stellar HDR!

26 Mar 2012 12:53pm