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Old St. Patrick's Church #1

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 25 August 2014 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Old St. Patrick's Church, also known as St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church and commonly known as Old St. Pat's, is a Roman Catholic parish in Chicago, Illinois. Located at 700 West Adams Street, it has been described as the "cornerstone of Irish culture" in Chicago. The main church building is one of a handful of structures remaining in the city that predate the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, and is the city's oldest standing church building.

Old St. Patrick's Church was founded on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1846. The parish was originally housed in a wooden building at Randolph Street and Des Plaines Street. In the 1850s, the present church building was constructed of yellow Cream City brick from Milwaukee. Two octagonal spires, said to represent the Eastern Church and the Western Church, were added in 1885. By the 1880s, most of the parish was composed of Irish-Americans, and from 1912 through 1922, the interior was redecorated by Thomas A. O'Shaughnessy and others in the Celtic Revival style. O'Shaugnessy modeled some of the ornamentation after the illuminations found in the Book of Kells. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

We arrived early for a wedding that day which afforded me the opportunity to take some photos before everyone else arrived.

Photo captured August 9, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/60 second F/4.0 ISO 800 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Nice framing and light. Like its simplicity.

25 Aug 2014 8:39am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful frame, perspective, colors, lighting & details!
Amazing !!

25 Aug 2014 11:11am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

You were smart to come early. That is a gorgeous interior that seems to be impeccably maintained.

25 Aug 2014 3:01pm

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

Nice framing and lighting

25 Aug 2014 6:37pm

Patrick M. from France

A beautiful church of St Patrick, patron of Irish! very nice light space

25 Aug 2014 7:06pm

Malaura from France

Une belle profondeur, une clarté joyeuse et un super cadrage qui donnent beaucoup d'harmonie à l'ensemble. Amitiés :)

25 Aug 2014 10:11pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

The exposure is perfect. Wonderful light and colors.

25 Aug 2014 10:15pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A gorgeous image! This church has such a rich history. Amazing that it was not destroyed by the fire. A beautiful church! Wonderful framing and perspective!

26 Aug 2014 1:25am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel intérieur d'église ce graphisme de bancs tout cette lumière superbe.

26 Aug 2014 3:00am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is beautifully shot. What a magnificent windows.

26 Aug 2014 4:43am

Sam from Chennai, India

Amazing. Beautiful capture of the gorgeous interiors. Wonderful details and lovely light. Love this. :)

26 Aug 2014 6:16am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Belle profondeur et belle luminosité.)

26 Aug 2014 7:38am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice shot of the lovely interior of this church and interesting info

26 Aug 2014 7:59am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

We used to go to Mass there during our lunch break, when I used to work around the next block from there. Beautifully captured!

26 Aug 2014 8:12am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Beautiful clarity and love this eye catching perspective.

26 Aug 2014 11:30am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


26 Aug 2014 12:37pm

Hyaline from London, United Kingdom

I like this view! it's such a new point for me! thanks!

26 Aug 2014 12:46pm

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful shot of the magnificent church ! Very beautiful and the sacred mood.

26 Aug 2014 1:39pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this church's formal looking sanctuary. Well done.

26 Aug 2014 2:54pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I love this viewpoint - the lines of the pews in contrast with the symmetrical front is lovely

26 Aug 2014 6:00pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very interesting scene.

26 Aug 2014 8:03pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Nice composition guiding the eyes through the banks to the altar.

26 Aug 2014 9:47pm