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Cook County Building Figures - Chicago, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
N 41° 53.030 W 087° 37.867
16T E 447636 N 4637070
Quick Description: At the Cook County Building entrance on Clark Street are four sets of figures. These are the Cook County Building Figures - two groups, each with two male figures, support the Cook County seal, by Herman MacNeil.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 3/2/2010 6:26:05 AM
Waymark Code: WM8APA
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member condor1
Views: 4

Long Description:
From Riedy's “Chicago Sculpture”
“The nude males stand in each of the recesses to the far left and right of the entrance. Sculptor Lorado Taft believed them to be “among the best things that MacNeil has ever done.””

Each of the figure pairs are slightly different.

Hermon MacNeil was a trained sculptor who worked on sculptures for the 1893 World’s Fair. His other works I have waymarked in the Chicago area include the reliefs on the Marquette Building (, the Jacques Marquette Monument ( and the statues flanking the entrance ot Patten gym at Northwestern University ( and (visit link) . Other works include "Justice The Guardian Of Liberty" Frieze on The East Pediment Of The United States Supreme Court. Perhaps his best known work is as the designer of the Standing Liberty quarter, which as minted from 1916 to 1930, and carries his initial to the right of the date.

From the City of Chicago Landmarks site: (visit link)
City Hall-County Building
Since 1853, the governments of the City of Chicago and the surrounding Cook County have shared three different buildings on this site. The monumental, Classical Revival-style exterior of the present structure, which was designed to be a functional and efficient office building, symbolizes the strength, dignity, and vigor of the governmental functions it contains. The County Building was completed in 1908; City Hall was finished in 1911 - architect: Holabird & Roche. The two buildings are connected internally. City Hall’s entrance is 121 N. LaSalle St.; County Building entrance is 118 N. Clark St.

Make sure you visit adjacent Labor on Land and Labor on Water waymarks and then walk around (or through) to see the City Hall Building waymarks on La Salle Street.
TITLE: Cook County Building Figures

ARTIST(S): MacNeil, Hermon A., 1866-1947, sculptor.

DATE: not listed although s/b 1908

MEDIUM: not given, although s/b stone


Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

on either side of facade of entrance Cook County Building 118 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL

date and medium provided above

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