While it's a wonderful building and really can only be appreciated correctly from Michigan Ave. in person, let's be honest, it's no Parthenon. Col. McCormick knew this. So what do you do if you can't build the Parthenon? Well, you can steal it. That's exactly what Col. McCormick did. He told his reporters stationed around the world to "acquire" pieces of the greatest sites in the world and they were embedded into the side of the Tribune Tower for all to see.
There are pieces from the Great Wall of China, Pearl Harbor, the White House, the Colosseum in Rome, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, The Berlin Wall, metal from the World Trade Centers, the Forbidden City in China, Abraham Lincoln's original tomb, the Taj Majal, the Alamo, Saint Peter's Basilica, the Pyramids of Giza, the Palace of Westminster in London, the Reichschancellery in Berlin, Westminster Abbey, Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, L'Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and even a piece of the Moon.
While the story goes that they were all acquired by 'honorable' means common sense tells us otherwise. Sure, most of them were probably obtained legally. But you can't just buy a piece of the Taj Majal in the gift shop if you know what I mean.
|The Moon Rock had to be encased in glass. It's still the property of NASA.|
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List of rocks taken from: http://www.chicagoarchitecture.info/Building/376/Tribune-Tower.php