Another Black and White day of images for your today. This is St. Luke’s Methodist Church located at 12th and Main in Dubuque, Iowa.
The church can trace its origins back to the founding of the city of Dubuque, when Methodist Ministers arrived in the city and began work with the miners in the city.
The present church was built-in 1896, and the congregation began worshiping in the building in 1897. The church is noted for the collection of Tiffany Stained glass windows. It has been called “one of the five finest Religious Tiffany collections in the world.” The Angel in the window of the Angel among the Lilies is rumored to bear the likeness of the young deceased daughter of the people who had sponsored that particular window.
The pipe organ in the church is also of historic interest. When the Farand and Votey organ was purchased, two train cars were required to bring the parts to Dubuque. Because the train could not get across the river, barges than were used to float the parts over so that they could be installed in the church. The organ has about 1,000 pipes. At the time of installation, it was one of the largest organs in the area, however over the years it has been eclipsed by others. The pipe organ contains 36 ranks or pipes, about 2,200 total and was restored in 1992 by the Fowler Organ Company, Lansing, Mi.
Several years ago I shot several hundred images of the sanctuary and of the Tiffany windows. I shot 9 bracketed HDR images which turned out really well. However since that time the sanctuary underwent a major renovation and has been restored to its original beauty. Sometime this Fall I am going to ask for permission to once again do a photo session in the sanctuary to update the looks of this masterpiece.
I photographed a couple of interesting doorways (to me anyway) while we were out exploring on Saturday. Greg Nauman a photographer from Dubuque photographed “Doorways of Dubuque” and had a lot of success with that image. There are a lot of interesting doorways in our community.
Not so much of an interesting doorway on its own right but this building is down by the river close to where I photographed the JD Bridge. I enjoy photographing doorways, what can I say?
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.