Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tribune Tower : Grotesques & Gargoyles
Address: 435 N. Michigan Ave.
Architect: Raymond M. Hood and John Mead Howells..
Sculptural ornamentation: Rene Paul Chambellan..
Designated a Chicago Landmark: February 1, 1989...
Frog was created by Rene Chambellan to represent himself, jokingly alluding to his French ancestry.
But why are French called frogs?
Well, that's another story, and again I know nothing about!
A repetitive fleur-de-lis motif can be seen everywhere.. This motif is commonly found in Gothic and Gothic Revival styles..
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Posted by Jyoti at 1/14/2009 04:40:00 AM
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There is a program by Geoffrey Baer of WTTW in which he explains the different sculptures of the Tribune building and other architectural sculptures in the city. The "Chicago by Boat" program details many of these.
The elephant holding it's trunk is purportedly representing scandal.
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