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Carl Linnaeus Statue in Hyde Park - Chicago, Illinois
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member GT.US
N 41° 47.252 W 087° 35.976
16T E 450177 N 4626360
Quick Description: Statue of Carl Linnaeus on the grounds of the University of Chicago.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 1/13/2009 3:47:22 AM
Waymark Code: WM5JCN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bo & Elisabeth
Views: 31

Long Description:
This monument to the Swedish biologist Carl von Linné stood in Lincoln Park for many years. From 1891 the Carl von Linné statue stood at Fullerton Avenue and Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park. The statue was part of the Columbian Exposition of the Chicago WOrlds Fair. It was commissioned by the Swedish community of Chicago, and created by artist Carl Johan Dyfverman. The statue was relocated to the University of Chicago's Midway Plaisance in 1976. The relocation, negotiated between the university, the City of Chicago, and the Central Swedish Committee of the Chicago Area, coincided with the visit of Carl XVI Gustav, King of Sweden, to Chicago. The Vice-President for Public Affairs, D.J.R. Bruckner, took the lead in organizing an event to honor the King's visit with a luncheon and rededication of the monument.


Although Carl Linnaeus never visited here, his presence is strongly felt at the University of Chicago. The University of Chicago Department of Botany is one of modern botany's most influential centers for the research and teaching of Botany. In 1896 the Hull Biological Laboratories were built for botanical research at the University of Chicago. This complex of four buildings include the Botany Building, which house classrooms, labs, and a rooftop greenhouse, and Botany Pond, an adjacent outdoor plant study facility.


Sources of information:
Touring Swedish America: (visit link)
University of Chicago Archives:
statue information: (visit link)
and
Botany Information: (visit link)




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