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Old St. Patrick's Church #2

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 27 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/3.5 ISO 800 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Beautiful symmetrical image.:-)

27 Aug 2014 7:00am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful frame, perspective, colors 7 lighting!

27 Aug 2014 2:19pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

So beautiful ! Superb framing and tones .

27 Aug 2014 3:53pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States


27 Aug 2014 5:10pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Tout est magnifique et parfait.

27 Aug 2014 6:23pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wow. A beautiful image so nicely composed. Amazing details. Superb. :)

27 Aug 2014 6:28pm

Patrick M. from France

Of very beautiful colors, I love her style! Upstairs is for the choral ?

27 Aug 2014 8:35pm

@Patrick M.: The services here can get very crowded and parishioners occupy the balcony area. The choir is situated in front, to side of the altar.

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Again the same fantastic quality of light and colors.

27 Aug 2014 10:57pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

The great light flowing in through the windows really brings out the details.

27 Aug 2014 11:13pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Once again, the architectural details are wonderful and your image is just magnificent !!! The colors and light are fabulous ...

27 Aug 2014 11:27pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

The architecture is just gorgeous! I love the balcony, the windows and the lights. A beautiful image!

28 Aug 2014 12:47am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful capture of this very interesting architecture.

28 Aug 2014 7:29am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Another superb image - beautiful control of light and exposure you manage here.

28 Aug 2014 11:21am

Malaura from France

La perspective est magnifique, on a l'impression d'avancer le long des bancs ! Superbe. Amitiés :)

28 Aug 2014 11:29am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


28 Aug 2014 12:29pm

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Lovely architecture, beautiful

28 Aug 2014 1:29pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine capture of the grandeur and size of this sanctuary. It's remarkable that it survived the fire.

28 Aug 2014 2:47pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel intérieur d'église quel rendu sur le banc de bois et cette architecture superbe.

28 Aug 2014 4:44pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Impressive detail in the distant balcony and ceiling. The top seems undistorted, but your wide angle view makes the aisle look like a ditch with the pews sloping down to it.... an interesting effect.

28 Aug 2014 7:01pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Something so cohesive about the colors here . . it all belongs as 'one'.

29 Aug 2014 4:17am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

You really do a nice job with the interior light.

29 Aug 2014 10:51am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

What a gorgeous place. I love the wonderful clarity in this beautiful image.

29 Aug 2014 10:19pm