The side door at Defender's Gate in Valley Forge, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Defender's Gate is a part of the Washington Memorial Chapel but it's located 1/4 mile away from the chapel. When constructed in the Spring of 1911, Defender's Gate was to be a second complex of buildings at the chapel cemetery's entrance mirroring the architectural style of the chapel complex and dedicated to those who had defended the Union in various conflicts. The structure would consist of a porter's lodge and a waiting room linked by an arch honoring Abraham Lincoln. It was hoped that veterans of the Civil War, many of whom were still alive, would donate funds for the arch. The porter's lodge was quickly built, and on the fiftieth anniversary of Lincoln's first call for volunteers the first stone was laid for the Lincoln Arch. The complex was never completed, and the lodge section looks rather strange today, facing sideways along Route 23 without its arch and adjoining building. The column you see on the right was to support the arch that was never built. One day left in this year long project !
Sakai Toyo 5x7" large format metal field camera with 4x5" film back.
150mm Caltar-S II F 5.6 lens in Copal BT shutter.
Ilford FP4+ B&W film, shot at ISO 125.
Exposure was 1/4 second at F22.
Developed in Ilford DD-X 1+4 dilution for 6 minutes and 50 seconds @ 20 degrees Celsius using a Beseler 8x10 print drum placed on Unicolor Uniroller 352 auto-reversing rotary base.
4x5" negative scanned with Epson V600.