Baker Art Gallery

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Baker Art Gallery was a photography studio in Columbus, Ohio from 1862-1955. Among those to have their portraits taken were William McKinley, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Annie Oakley. They also won first place at various exhibitions, including the World's Columbian Exhibition.

Background[edit]

Lorenzo Marvin Baker was born April 25, 1834 in Copenhagen, New York,[1] and came to Columbus, Ohio in 1854.[2] He worked at the Neil House, (a hotel), and was an officer in the state penitentiary under Governor Chase, and served for a short time in the Union Army during the American Civil War.[2][3] In 1862 he started a photography business and established a gallery.[2][3]

Baker took on his employee, John Samuel Schneider, (1860 - 1926),[4] and his son, Duane Henry Baker, (1859 - 1934),[5] as equal 1/3 partners in the business after the younger Baker graduated from Ohio State University and Schneider from Baldwin-Wallace College.[2] They ran a highly successful business that included Presidents Hayes, McKinley, Taft, and Harding as clients.[6] After the founder died in 1924, Duane Baker continued the business.[3] Two more generations of the Baker family continued the business until 1955, when they donated their photos and negatives to the Ohio Historical Society[7]

Locations[edit]

The gallery was located at 106 S. High Street,[3] and later moved to 232 S. High Street.[6] They moved to another location after 1939.[6]

Awards[edit]

John S. Schneider was president of the Photographers Association of America in 1895.[6] The gallery won the Photographers Association of America Gold Medal in 1889, Chicago Worlds Fair, Highest Award, 1893, Photographer's Association of Germany, grand prize, 1897[6] and awards at the Ohio State Fair, beginning in 1874, for photographs plain and finished with watercolor and ink.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lorenzo Marvin Baker". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d Van Tassel, Charles Sumner (1896). Familiar Faces of Ohio : a souvenir collection of portraits and sketches of well-known men of the Buckeye State and Men of Wood County, and other familiar faces. p. 83. OCLC 2503778. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Howard, Arnett (February 1, 2012). "The Baker Art Gallery". Columbus Bicentennial blog. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  4. ^ "Burial Records - S". Greenlawn Cemetery. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  5. ^ "Burial Records - B". Greenlawn Cemetery. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Baker Art Gallery, 232 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio". Library of Congress, Historic American Buildings Survey. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  7. ^ "OhioPix - Baker Art Gallery Exterior Photograph". Ohio Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-06-16.