In the last Name that Classical Connection I asked readers to identify the classical connection of the Tribune Tower in Chicago, Illinois. Steven Lee was kind enough to point out the meaning of the name ‘Tribune’ itself. He is right – I give him that. Yet, there is more. Much more.
Imagine a place in Chicago that you can travel about the world, time and space all within fifteen minutes. Yes, you can visit antiquity and place your hand upon it. The secret is in the foundation and the stones of the Tribune Tower located at 435 North Michigan Avenue. It looks like a cathedral done in Neo-Gothic style. If your a visitor to the city, its just over the river heading north on Michigan (There is a great Starbucks just a block away if you need to fortify yourself and an Argo Tea is at street level in the same building). I strongly suggest you get your favorite brew and take some time to walk around the building. Don’t hang back, get in close and bring your camera.
Reporters at the height of the power of the Tribune Newspaper traveled the world. The record of their travels is in the walls not ON the walls. They brought back a record of man’s achievements. In one section is a stone from the Parthenon. A wall tile from Pompeii can be seen embedded in another part of the wall. Look for it and you will find a slab from the Colosseum, and a building tile from the Stabian Baths in Pompeii. Reporter after reporter brought the world back to Chicago. Each of these stones were embedded into the wall of the Tribune Tower to add to the luster of this news organization. No one will bother you if you stop and stare.
Take the time to walk around the building and you transverse other times and places other than the classical world. A stone from the Great Wall of China. A building stone from Remagen Bridge http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Remagen, and ornate piece of tile from the Forbidden City, even a piece of steel from the World Trade Center can be seen.
This is a history buff’s dream, travel without travel, stones from history itself — touchable and available to the public.