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Highland Park Historical Society

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 4 February 2014 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Back to my series, "What's old is new again!" (tag: woina) Here is a re-processing of the image posted on December 8, 2009. After I discovered the Highland Park Historical Society was using this photo on the main page of their website (without my permission), I decided it needed a lot of correction as it was too over-processed for my taste in HDR. The things I learn years later. :-) You can see how the image was cropped on their website which eliminated my watermark in the lower left corner. :-)

This Victorian Italianate house museum is just 3 blocks from Lake Michigan in historic downtown Highland Park. The house was built by the Highland Park Building company in 1871, and was donated to the Historical Society by Jean Butz James in 1969, the centennial anniversary of the incorporation of Highland Park.

There are eight museum rooms open to the public. The parlor, bathroom, and kitchen have been restored to their turn-of-century charm.

The Parlor retains its original woodwork with ornate crown moldings, and is furnished with Victorian marble-top table, velvet settees and chairs, and an antique pump organ. The Kitchen has a wood-burning iron stove, oak icebox, water pump, and several old utensils. The Highland Park Room contains a 150-year timeline of the development of Highland Park, as well as maps, photographs, and mementos that provide insights into the architecture, residents, and businesses of the past.

The Library includes reference materials, books by Highland Park authors, and Highland Park High School yearbooks going back almost 100 years. The roll-top desk of Highland Park's first Mayor is on display in this room.

The two first-floor Exhibit Rooms (formerly the Dining Room and Garden Room) have exhibits that change every six month to a year. The upstairs Children’s Room contains vintage school desks, books, the dollhouse featured in Elizabeth Orton Jones’ book Big Susan, and many dolls and other toys of the past.

The Costume Room has an antique sewing machine and dressmaker forms, as well as several elegant dresses, coats and accessories from 1880’s to early 1900’s.

Photo taken September 6, 2009.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/60 second F/8.0 ISO 100 36 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Not good to discover they had cropped your watermark out! The textures and warmth of the image are much improved here. I hope they update the website image - with a prominent acknowledgement to you.

4 Feb 2014 5:53am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

The textures and warmth of the image are great. Have a nice day.

4 Feb 2014 7:20am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superbe maison, magnifique architecture. Excellent cadrage.

4 Feb 2014 9:08am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

That was rude of them. At least they know a good picture, this rendition is so
much better, beautiful !~

4 Feb 2014 11:00am

Yonatan from New York, United States

Congratulations on the flattery of having your image stolen. I definitely find the new version to be processed more naturally which is more pleasing to my eye. I hope that you contact the Highland Park Historical Society and have them give credit for your work if you allow them to use it on their website.

4 Feb 2014 12:42pm

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Magnifiques textures, couleurs et cadrage.
Belle maison.)

4 Feb 2014 3:51pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb composition and colors

4 Feb 2014 4:54pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like both versions. Each has a different place. I hope you let them know it was your image!
My father was born in Highland PArk, IL.

4 Feb 2014 7:23pm

@Ruthiebear: A great community to be born in! It's a city that has a lot of history and beauty!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

They are clever thieves. I like this version much better. It will probably be on their site before you know it.

4 Feb 2014 7:55pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Gorgeous architecture with a lot of character; great frame!

4 Feb 2014 8:24pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

That must certainly been a surprise to find your picture on their website. And to crop out the watermark. That is a little disarming. I hope that they give you credit. This is a gorgeous image. It sounds like a wonderful place to visit.

4 Feb 2014 11:04pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Nice use of the branches to frame the historic structure.

4 Feb 2014 11:51pm

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

What a beautiful building ... thanks for the information you shared.

5 Feb 2014 12:12am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Maybe give them a call and ask them to change to the new version.

5 Feb 2014 2:54am

John Jungklaus from Chase Mills, NY, United States

A beautiful structure, so wonderfully captured Steven !! I love the camera angle and superb frame !! The information is very interesting !!

5 Feb 2014 4:09am

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Great capture of the elegant architecture. Nice framing and colors. Have a nice day. :)

5 Feb 2014 4:31am

L'angevine from Angers, France

belle demeure

5 Feb 2014 8:19am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The rendering of the house is terrific. Thanks for the info. I hope you will be credited for the web's image.

5 Feb 2014 6:39pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

outstanding detail. fine framing by the trees

6 Feb 2014 12:17am

Diana from San Francisco, United States

A nice HDR image without over doing.

6 Feb 2014 4:28am

franz from Baden, Austria

looks like my kind of place ... especially if presented as nicely as this !!!

20 Feb 2014 10:06am