Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Magnolia Manor by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

January 2022 - Magnolia Manor

January 2022 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

Magnolia Manor

This image was taken in the historical part of Cario, Illinois. I entered a dilapidated part of a building 2 months ago, this shows that there are still good areas left. This old mansion has actually been turned into a house that is open to tours. It also shows the grandor and wealth that was in the town at one point. I did like all of the details in the architecture. It was taken with my Olympus E-M1, Mark III and Olympus 14-150mm lens at 22mm (44mm equivalent), 1/250th second, f8, ISO 200. I converted to mono with NIK Silver Effect P

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12 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Although many images in our group look better in monochrome that color, I would not have thought this picturesque shot of an historic mansion would be one of them. But it is quite good in monochrome: the architectural details stand out better, and the white fence in the foreground has separated better from the middle ground behind it, especially on the right side where the ground behind it is sunlit.   Posted: 01/07/2022 19:40:41
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Thanks for the comments. The NIK software preset that I used made the brickwork standout, which I think helps the monochrome version.   Posted: 01/07/2022 21:46:23

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Good to know that there are some houses still in use even if not for family living. It is such an ornate building. Where did the original owners earn their money to be able to build like this? It works fine as a mono-clean and crisp. I barely noticed the fence line in front and I like the framing by the trees as well as the occupied sky.   Posted: 01/08/2022 08:37:14
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
One hundred forty-two years ago the Galigher family-Charles A., his wife Adelia Lippit Galigher, and their three sons, Frank, Albert, and Charles Frederick-moved into a new home, "a stately fourteen-room mansion of brick on upper Washington Avenue."

Mr. Galigher, a prominent citizen of Cairo, was a milling merchant, whose fortune was accumulated through selling flour for hardtack to the government during the Civil War. Through business transactions, he became a friend of General U.S. Grant who made his headquarters in Cairo while planning and launching his siege of the South.

After the war, in 1869, Charles Galigher began construction of his four-storied, red brick Victorian mansion, which was completed in 1872. Comprising two acres, the building site was in suburban Cairo in the vicinity of four or five beautiful postbellum mansion. From the cupola, a view of both the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers could be enjoyed.   Posted: 01/08/2022 08:48:19
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
So if he made his money during the war, why did it go downhill afterwards? Surely flour milling was still needed?   Posted: 01/08/2022 08:50:42
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Reportedly, there were several reasons why the town declined. They had racial problems when large numbers of freed slaves were sent to the town by the government. A railroad was built across the Mississippi, but not in Cairo, so the rivers were not so important for trade. The two rivers caused flooding in the town, and it became very hard to sell property. The flooding has now been stopped because of dykes.   Posted: 01/08/2022 09:09:38
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Thanks. Interesting.   Posted: 01/09/2022 06:54:10
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Tom, thanks for the detailed story. Doing armchair (or rather computer desk chair) travel is one of the pleasures of these Digital Dialogue groups.   Posted: 01/11/2022 13:41:19

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Excellent: Both versions. Don't know which one I like better. Nice work.
  Posted: 01/08/2022 17:05:37

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
This is a nice image of this historic home. Thank you for sharing some of its history. You've done well controlling the exposure in the bright cloud in the sky. I think I might like it cropped a bit more from the left side, as that tree being so large competes a bit with the house for my interest. Of course, that would create a nearly square image, which doesn't bother me, but I realize other people don't always like the square format.   Posted: 01/09/2022 23:42:54
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Thanks. I do not mind a square format for digital. It would be different for a print.   Posted: 01/10/2022 07:03:06

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
This is a nice capture in both color and monochrome, although I do think monochrome brings out details that may be overlooked in the color version. One can't help but wonder who lived here, and what happened to the home so thank you for providing the history. The choice in Silver Effects Pro was a good one.   Posted: 01/11/2022 05:49:00