Answer to your Chicago architecture questions

By Amanda on February 17, 2011

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Answers to tour Chicago architecture questions and more:

What kind of stone is Chase made of? Well, I knew it was granite, but what kind of granite was the question. Pearl Gray Granite. Where did it come from? A tour guest who worked on the building in the 1960s was happy to research this one, and we are still stumped. Records of stone mining and transportation are hard to come by.

Why is Northwestern University called Northwestern? Serhii from Forgotten Chicago gave me the brilliant answer to this one: it’s because it’s northwest of the Ivy League Schools!

What are all the stars on the Chicago flag? I knew I had this one in my brain somewhere and couldn’t remember all the stars! They are all for major events in Chicago history: Fort Dearborn (first institutional settlement, 1803), the Great Fire of 1871, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, and the Century of Progress of 1933. Just fyi, the stripes are for the three areas of Chicago: North, West and South.

What are the marks around the walls of the First United Methodist Church? We addressed this in a previous post. The church pews used to be flush against the wall, and then they changed the layout when they made the seating arrangement and altar handicap accessible a few years ago.

If you asked a question on a tour, and you don’t see the answer here, then either we cannot find the answer or we’re still working on it!