The Ultimate Chicago Souvenir: The Head of Montgomery Ward
Oct08

The Ultimate Chicago Souvenir: The Head of Montgomery Ward

  The allegorical figure who, quite literally, stood head and shoulders above the rest of Chicago for 20 years is going on the auction block. The statue of the goddess Diana was a weathervane in the form of a naked woman holding a torch in one hand and a caduceus in the other.  She was made by sculptor John Massey Rhind in 1898 to top the tower that used to rise above 6 North Michigan Avenue.  At the time, the building was the...

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Montgomery Ward Tower Not Gone, Just Hidden

Thanks to Chicago Architecture Blog reader and Chicago Architecture Info Facebook fan Jim Mitch for letting us know about a glaring error in one of our earlier posts, and more importantly — about a hidden piece of Chicago architectural history. In February we posted a note talking about the completion of the renovation of 6 North Michigan Avenue . This was one of the old Montgomery Ward buildings and used to have a 10-story...

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