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Contagion/Chiraq - General Richard L. Jones Armory - Chicago, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
N 41° 47.964 W 087° 36.390
16T E 449613 N 4627681
Quick Description: The front door on Cottage Grove, entrance for the center where they brought the sick and dying. Many locations for the movie were shot in the Chicago area.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 10/4/2011 7:01:57 AM
Waymark Code: WMCQRK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Doug Mathieson
Views: 1

Long Description:
My photo is from the trailer that you could view on TV. When I saw this I said "Hey - I have waymarked the bejeebers out of this place!" IMDB has a link at (visit link)

So if you visit, also click the nearest waymarks button and you will learn about all the sculptures and relief that adorn this awesome Art Deco structure. Here is my overview from one of my waymarks: (visit link)

The Armory is located at the northeast corner of Washington Park at 5200 South Cottage Grove Avenue, with parking along Cottage Grove. It was built in 1929 in the Art Deco style by the architectural firm of Perkins, Chatten and Hammond.

This active facility, originally designated "Armory of the 124th Field Artillery, Thirty Third Division, Illinois National Guard" is now called the "General Richard L. Jones Armory," named in honor of African American Brigadier General Richard L Jones who commanded the 178th Regiment from 1947-1953. Besides its military functions, the building has been used for equestrian events and indoor auto racing.

Forty eight figures designed by Fred Torrey decorate the Armory, representing the theme of fighting men through the ages. Warriors are portrayed in the dress and armor of their respective periods. Torrey uses simple lines and planes to give them their appearance of strength.

The figures include:
The 15 foot high Indian limestone "Armored Figures" appearing on both sides of the entranceway along Cottage Grove, each with slightly different features.

The “Doughboy Warrior”, two of which lie along the outside of the entranceway on Cottage Grove. They are also 15 ft high and of equal presence as the “Armored Figures” that they are paired with.

The "Knight in Armor" occuring once, high above the bronze relief immediately over the doorway.

The 15 foot high "Indian" and the "Egyptian Warrior" are high atop each corner, on the north side of the structure. Each occurs four times, with slightly different features.

Other figures include rectangular framed horses and flames, circular framed Greek, Spanish and WW1 warriors, eagles atop the world and a bronze relief (detail includes an eagle and shield, two female draped figures holding staffs and pennants and helmets and laurels along the ground) immediately over the doorway, all on the east Cottage Grove side. On the north side are multiple images of what appear to be Fort Dearborn (which was part of the original logo for the 124th Field Artillery), sheaves of grain, WW1 machine gunner, other ancient warriors and the expression "Facta non verba" (Latin for "Deeds, Not Words"), the unit’s motto, inscribed high above in at least two locations.

Update 8/9/18: The movie Chiraq also used the Armory for some of its scenes. I added a picture of Samuel L. Jackson atop a tank in front the entrance relief.
Movie or TV Show: Contagion/Chiraq

Year Released or First Aired: 2,011.00

IMDB Link: [Web Link]

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