Vintage Chicago - Masonic Temple - 1901
Painting - Digital Painting
Built in 1892 the Chicago Masonic Temple would become the city's tallest building in 1895 (after the Chicago Board of Trade Building removed its clock tower). The skyscraper of its day rose 22 stories, featured a central court ringed by nine floors of shops with offices above and meeting rooms for the Masons at the very top.
This artwork is based off an original vintage photochrom produced by the Detroit Publishing Company - an excitingly new and popular art form at the turn of the 20th century. Each photochrom was a labor of love as it involved extensive craftsmanship and artistry to produce. The image was produced from a black and white negative via the direct photographic transfer of the negative onto lithographic printing plates. Sometimes up to 15 of these printing plates were used to produce the desired effect.
I fell in love with these incredible images and want to breathe new life into them using my own artistic style. A unique combination of processes are used to artistically restore and enhance the original image while preserving the vintage quality. The subtle brush strokes give a delicate impressionistic appearance when viewed closely and add to the overall character of the artwork.
This artwork is part of my "Vintage America" collection.
April 28th, 2014
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