Zodiacal Reliefs - Chicago, IL, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
N 41° 53.496 W 087° 37.458
16T E 448209 N 4637929
Quick Description: Figural representations of the Zodiac signs incised in low relief on façade of 520 N. Michigan Ave, the former McGraw Hill Building.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 5/5/2021 8:33:05 AM
Waymark Code: WM147AM
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member razalas
Views: 2

Long Description:
The Smithsonian database:
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identifies the following categories of figures: Emblem -- Zodiac, Figure female -- Nude, Figure female -- Full length, Figure male -- Full length, Object -- Foliage. Not bad, since there is no other specific listing that I could locate. I would add the three reliefs for Diana, Atlas and Helios and expand the title of the entry to include "Greek Deities."

In 1999/2000 the original art deco McGraw Hill building was torn down to make way for an improved shopping site plus hotel. There was such a hue & cry that the developers agreed to save the reliefs and attached them to the new structure, preserving the look of the original building. See (visit link) for more information.

The Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture also provides a good overview:
(visit link)
Western / Eastern Zodiac: Western

Sign of Zodiac: Multi-Sign Waymark

Type: Relief

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Please post at least one selfmade picture of the Signs of Zodiac. Maybe you could tell something about your visit.
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