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Posted: 03/12/2014 - Tribune Tower in Chicago has Flodden Stone Embedded in Facade

Did you know of the Flodden Stone, Chicago?

 

Tribune Tower in Chicago has Flodden Stone Embedded in Façade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tribune Tower in Chicago, also known as the Cathedral of Commerce (right), has 149 rocks embedded into its façade and amazingly one of these apparently comes from the Flodden Battlefield, 1513.

 

 

 

Constructed in 1925 as the result of a design competition by the Chicago Tribune newspaper, The Tribune Tower now houses many media and publishing companies.

 

 

 

Rocks apparently originating from all over the world reside in the façade including from Notre Dame Cathedral, Rouen, from the Bridge in the Forbidden City, Beijing, and from The Taj Mahal, and Aztec ruins, as well as from the Flodden Battlefield.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Billy Connolly's book Route 66: The Big Yin on the Ultimate American Road Trip, these artefacts originate from Robert McCormick, the original owner and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, who had travelled extensively while working as a war correspondent.

 

 

 

It is truely amazing how far-reaching Flodden Battle commemorations have found themselves.   For more informaition, you may like to take a look at the Chicago Architecture website.

 

 

 

If you know of any Flodden-related memorabilia on display which you would like to share with us here at the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum, please do get in touch at flodden1513@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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