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Henry Durand Art Institute

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 11 July 2017 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Durand Art Institute, built as the Lake Forest Art Institute Club, has been described by architectural historians as a “stunning” version of the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style. Durand’s front facade faces the First Presbyterian Church, at the request of its pastor, Reverend McClure, who became president of the College in 1897. From the corner of Deerpath and Sheridan Roads, Durand looks much as it did when it was completed in 1892. Although its steeply pitched gable roof is now made of gray slate, replacing its original red, Durand still links the College campus with the community.

Looking like a cross between a medieval church and a castle, Durand is constructed of red sandstone, the large blocks roughly finished in a way that suggests great age. The round recesses filled with sandstone and limestone blocks romantically suggest the façade evolved and changed over the centuries. All this, along with the arched windows, the finials on the roof, and the battered buttresses, recall Romanesque church architecture. But this is a temple of art, originally designed like the Art Institute of Chicago completed the same year, to combine an art exhibition space with a large auditorium.

The recessed main entrance is a work of art in itself. Its red sandstone arches gradually get smaller, drawing one’s eyes to the focal point of the door. Notice above the main entrance the owls (symbols of wisdom) standing upon paintbrushes and palettes, symbolizing the combinations of scholarship and art. Above the arches, the name of the primary donor, wholesale grocery magnate Henry C. Durand, is engraved in letters intertwined with leaves and pinecones in a style reminiscent of medieval manuscripts.

“Durant” in French means “during," and the family’s adopted motto (featured on a needlepoint family crest hanging in one of the classrooms) is “Endurant j’espère," or “Enduring, I hope." Hopes to endure have been realized by this building, which has played an active role in college and town life since 1892.

Text by Ashley Ware '08 for ART 349 - Lake Forest College as Cultural Landscape

Photo captured June 25, 2017.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 100 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Claudine/canelle from France, France

Très belle construction , j'aime beaucoup
Bonne journée

11 Jul 2017 5:35am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Stunning house.

11 Jul 2017 5:39am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifiques couleurs. )

11 Jul 2017 6:10am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A superb building and your photo is beautiful !

11 Jul 2017 9:03am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

A great building. And a great picture, and nice info. Thanks. I like a lot.

11 Jul 2017 9:24am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautifully documented in picture and words. The perspective created by the multiple arches is worth a shot in itself

11 Jul 2017 10:05am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle prise

11 Jul 2017 10:09am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Solid and impressive building. I like the pinkish light streaks.

11 Jul 2017 10:54am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Very beautiful building ! And the sky is beautiful !

11 Jul 2017 11:29am

Shaun from Thorton, United States

This is just magnificent. The red sandstone is superb. Excellent information on this image Steven 5*.

11 Jul 2017 11:52am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Superb colors . Amazing red tones.

11 Jul 2017 12:00pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautiful rich tones and lovely view against the blue sky

11 Jul 2017 1:57pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel rendu rouge et architecture quelle compo fantastique

11 Jul 2017 1:59pm

Don from Spokane, United States

An impressive bluilding for its style and great color. So rich and attractive.

11 Jul 2017 2:55pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A very interesting reading. Thank you very much ! The exquisite image...

11 Jul 2017 4:03pm

Remus from Portugal

The photo has a spectacular color and the building is really remarkable.

11 Jul 2017 4:19pm

willy from Belgium

quel bel édifice Steven..

j'aime en particulier la couleur rouge

je te remercie pour les informations intéressantes


11 Jul 2017 5:05pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful image of this great building. The sky and red stone look so pleasing to the eye. Love that grand doorway.

11 Jul 2017 6:58pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful frame, colors & textures!
Lovely architecture!

11 Jul 2017 7:41pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Richardsonian Romanesque? That's new to me!
But the sky stole the show ;)
The pink and blue are electrifying!

11 Jul 2017 8:40pm

Behnaz Assadi from karaj, Iran

love the colors!

11 Jul 2017 9:27pm

Marc from Granby, Canada

Quelle magnifique bâtiment.

11 Jul 2017 9:40pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Lovely building.

11 Jul 2017 11:47pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. I love the arches at the entryway. The stone work of the entire building is just spectacular. I love the color of the sandstone. Beautifully photographed with the gorgeous color in the sky! 5*****

12 Jul 2017 2:10am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image of this building. Excellent. :)

12 Jul 2017 3:20am

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

Beautifu colors and detail and, as always, a magnificent narrative ;-)

12 Jul 2017 3:27am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

wonderfully solid building as well as fine photo

12 Jul 2017 3:42am

Sudipto from Hyderabad, India

A fine edifice Steven... :)
I wonder if anyone's done an HDR capture of this and then tonemapped with the Durand algorithm... :)

12 Jul 2017 4:40am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bien les couleurs

12 Jul 2017 8:10am

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Un superbe bâtiment: les couleurs sont magnifiques!
A beautiful building: the colors are beautiful!

12 Jul 2017 5:25pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Impressive architecture ! Great image !

13 Jul 2017 3:20pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Très beau bâtiment ! Merci pour les informations !

15 Jul 2017 7:26pm