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    This continues my series of shots from 2009 that never quite made it up on flickr until now.

    This old church on Chicago's north side has long sat empty. Over the years there have been several parties that have come forth and offered to save the building but for one reason or another the deals always fell apart. Earlier this year a deal was seemingly struck at the last minute to convert the main building into senior housing. But since the announcement progress has been slow moving and technically the archdiocese still owns the building and has a permit for its demolition.

    Whatever the outcome it seems unlikely that this view will remain much longer.

    The native resolution of this stitched image is about 12,000 x 10,000 pixels. In other words you could make a tack sharp print that would be about 40 in x 33 in.

    Check out the larger view.

    Or check out this huge version. Note this is still only about 20% of the full res file.

    Here is a tighter shot taken a week earlier.

    ISO 200 - f/8 - 6 sec. - 70 shots

    danielbartel, fotobug, Noel Kerns, and 43 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. .jamie88. 64 months ago | reply

      Great shot, the tones and lighting are beautiful.

    2. suephi_yippie! I have a camera again!!! 64 months ago | reply

      excellent job capturing the extent of decay in a very poetic way
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      Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )

    3. Contrabass 64 months ago | reply

      Reminds me very much of this church in Philadelphia:

      No More Tunes Skeleton and Cross

      Is that real stonework in this Chicago church, or plaster? In the Philly church pictured, it's all very convincing plaster work...

    4. eholubow 64 months ago | reply

      Nice. I should revisit my pano too. Though this weekend's shoot will make catching up a bit more delayed.

    5. The New No. 2 64 months ago | reply

      Contrabass - What you see is mostly intricate plaster work. If you click on the huge file and look at one of the left columns you will see a pile of discarded plaster. It seems that someone was doing some exploratory work to check out the steel columns inside.

    6. Contrabass 64 months ago | reply

      Ahh yes, it's considerably more obvious on the large shot. This church is in just as bad shape as the Philly one I linked to, which was closed in 1995. Time really ravages these places, doesn't it?

    7. The New No. 2 64 months ago | reply

      It is quite amazing what happens to a place after some water gets in. One or two bad winters can really tear a place apart.

    8. sixbysixtasy 64 months ago | reply

      What a fascinating scene - reminds me of some Polidori shots. How do you go about stitching an interior like this? Even with a very special tripod head I'd have thought you'd get all sorts of distortions...

    9. rhondamarierose73 64 months ago | reply

      Wow I can think of many things this building could be and still keep it's beauty...but then I don't have two dimes to rub together...so why can't the money people do it? It would be a tragedy to see this go..Your image is wonderful...Thanks for sharing the picture and the info

    10. r.AI (-) 64 months ago | reply

      Beautiful my friend!

    11. ikcawaz26 64 months ago | reply

      What a shame to lose such a beautiful church.

    12. Senor Roboto 64 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Terra-Cotta Chicago, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. photogger 63 months ago | reply

      Last time I was there the window I got in through before was boarded up with iron. =(

    14. daniel-jones 63 months ago | reply

      this is so awesome :]

    15. mister.carpenter 59 months ago | reply

      It's so unfortunate when people who have no clue about architecture or a building's potential hold the cards...
      This main body could be turned into a dozen AMAZING apartment lofts...

    16. The New No. 2 59 months ago | reply

      @mister.carpenter - the good news is that all sides now seem committed to preserving the building, at least partially. This room would be gone to make way for a new structure for senior housing while the facade of the building would be saved.

    17. Ev0luti0nary 31 months ago | reply

      love the light and composition :D :D

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