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Lincoln Plaza

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 29 October 2018 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

A bust of Abraham Lincoln in the plaza at the Lake County Courthouse. When the statue was finally completed, two bas relief friezes were mounted on the pedestal. One frieze commemorates a visit Lincoln made to Waukegan in 1860, and the other acknowledges the city's involvement in the Civil War.

The friezes were created by Lily Tolpo, wife of the late Carl Tolpo. Her husband created the bust in 1968, but died in 1976 before the friezes were completed. He left his sketches behind, though. "I inherited all of his research, so it made it a lot easier to go ahead and finish it."

A painter, sculptor, portraitist and designer, Lily Tolpo owned a gallery in Stockton, Illinois, about 140 miles from Chicago. She had always wanted to complete her husband's work at the courthouse. "It brings this to a closure," Tolpo said of the addition of the friezes. "This has been open for so long and this bare, huge pedestal has been crying out for something."

The frieze on the east side of the pedestal at the Lake County Courthouse depicts a campaign speech Lincoln gave in Waukegan on April 2, 1860. During the speech, a fire broke out in the Case Warehouse on the "flats" along Lake Michigan. Lincoln told the crowd that the fire was more important than his speech. "I think there is a fire," he said. "You had better go and try to save the property. I can come another time and speak to you." Lincoln never returned to Waukegan, but legend has it that he spent the rest of that spring day hauling buckets of water to help put out the blaze.

The western frieze depicts a Civil War battle scene and recalls the day of April 16, 1861, when Waukegan Mayor David Ballentine called a meeting in response to Lincoln's request for soldiers to fight in the Civil War, which had broken out at Ft. Sumter only four days before. Eighty-four Waukegan men left a week later to join regiments in Chicago and New York.

Photo captured September 12, 2018.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 180 18 mm

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sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

love, love the dappled light falling across the patterns

29 Oct 2018 5:16am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Any President who was/is thinking of someone else besides himself deserves to have such a bust in his memory, Steven!

29 Oct 2018 6:10am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Merci pour toutes les informations données concernant cette photo.
Très intéressant.
Bonne journée Steven

29 Oct 2018 6:23am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Interesting note and photo. I like these composition

29 Oct 2018 6:33am

Le Krop from Charenton-le-Pont, France

Net et carré. Une belle photo, bien légendée !

29 Oct 2018 7:35am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Un tres beau B&W

29 Oct 2018 9:06am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Excellent image Steven and interesting information.

29 Oct 2018 9:51am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nice light and tones with an excellent compo

29 Oct 2018 11:22am

Hiro from Mukoh Kyoto-pref., Japan

lovely architecture

29 Oct 2018 12:07pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Beautiful equal architecture structures in this black and white photo

29 Oct 2018 12:32pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like the dappled light and the graphic lines of this building.

29 Oct 2018 12:34pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

This light is superb and so ideal for a black and white impact such as this. Great pic.

29 Oct 2018 1:11pm

willy from Belgium

des informations intéressantes Steven

et une bien jolie photo en N & B


29 Oct 2018 1:44pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Interesting information.Handsome architecture

29 Oct 2018 2:37pm

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

Une très belle image et une anecdote intéressante sur Lincoln.

29 Oct 2018 3:44pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful image of this project with such an interesting history. It's good that Lily Tolpo was able to complete the job.

29 Oct 2018 4:35pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent urban image in B / W ...

29 Oct 2018 4:44pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Nice POV with the placement of the bust above the name.

29 Oct 2018 5:00pm

Remus from Portugal

The shadows allowed to give more prominence to the bust.
And the rule of thirds was very well applied.

29 Oct 2018 5:06pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bel effet

29 Oct 2018 7:13pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique. Très bien avec les explications.

29 Oct 2018 8:58pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle place et vue quel escaliers et tonalité superbe
Belle soirée

29 Oct 2018 10:21pm

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

What an amazing story, to accompany this image, Steven. Your work is always so complete in every dense of the world!! Just Fantastic!!! And Thank You for this post ;-)

30 Oct 2018 1:20am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Such an interesting history. The bust is magnificent. I like the shadows in the foreground.

30 Oct 2018 1:30am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Terrific information about this... I love the bust of Lincoln - and I love your processing. The B&W really brings out details!

30 Oct 2018 4:27am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, lights & shadows!
Amazing graphics!

30 Oct 2018 8:39am

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

The black and white works very well in this image. I enjoyed the information.

30 Oct 2018 5:25pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

There's a small bust of Lincoln at the Royal Exchange in central London.
But we do have a proper statue of Lincoln at Parliament Square overlooking Big Ben.

30 Oct 2018 8:11pm