Posted By Michael P. Kelly, FOPS,
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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When I visit Chicago I always love to go to the Tribune Tower. This is easy to accomplish because it's so nicely located in the city at 435 North Michigan Avenue. When at the OPS Annual Program in October, I'm sure you will walk past it at least once or twice.
This beautiful building is home to the Chicago Tribune and is unique in that it incorporates pieces of other buildings from around the world on its lower outside walls - you can touch these bricks and pieces as you walk around the Tower, at least the ones you can reach! Before it was built in 1925, Chicago Tribune reporters began bringing back from their worldly travels bricks and pieces of important buildings; these are embedded into the outside walls and labeled, so you know what is what. Bricks or Stones from the Taj Mahal, Parthenon, Hagia Sophia, Palace of Westminster, the Great Pyramid, Notre Dame, the Great Wall of China, Angkor Wat, Lincolns Tomb, Clementine Hall, The Vatican, Trondheim Catherdral, the Berlin Wall, and even petrified wood from the Redwood Forest can be seen. A rock brought back from the moon was displayed in the window of the Tribune Gift Store, located on the street level, but could not be added to the building because it is the property of NASA...too bad. Pieces from 149 different important buildings or sites from around the globe are part of this historic and beautiful Neo-Gothic Tower.
In 1989 the Tribune Tower was designated a Chicago Landmark -I’m shocked it took that long! The Tribune Gift Shop is a super place to get typical Chicago-type gifts such as t-shirts, ball caps, etc. I recently learned that a piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center has now been added to the building - I’m looking forward to visiting again and seeing that addition this October.
Michael P. Kelly, FOPS
Education Chair, OPS 45th Annual Educational Program
Director, Duke Eye Imaging
Duke University Eye Center
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