Monday, November 12, 2007

Loop [Heald Square Monument - by Lorado Taft and Leonard Crunelle]

Heald Square Monument..
George Washington, Robert Morris and Hyam Salomon Memorial holding hands ..
Sculptor: Lorado Taft and Leonard Crunelle
Completed: 1941
Description: Bronze, H 11 ft. 8 in. x W 10 ft. 10 in. x D 5 ft. 3 in.
Location: Heald Square, East Wacker Dr. at Wabash Ave.
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 15, 1971
City of Chicago Public Art Collection ..
Commissioned by The Patriotic Foundation of Chicago ..

Heald Square Monument honors Nathan Heald, commander of Fort Dearborn from 1810-1812.. In the statue we see George Washington is portrayed clasping the hands of two of his civilian supporters, Robert Morris and Hyam Salomon. These these two men could be called the financiers of the American Revolution. Lorado Taft, whose forebears fought in the Revolutionary War, designed the monument, which become his last work. It was completed by Leonard Crunelle ..

Words inscribed..
The government of United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support..
President George Washington - 1790..

The plaque reads..
Symbol of American tolerance and unity and of the cooperation of people of all races and creeds in the building of the United States. The monument designed by Lorado Taft and completed by Leonard Crunelle was presented to the City of Chicago by the Patriotic Foundation of Chicago..

Rededicated by American Masonic Heritage Council, October 6th 1962...



And just next to Head square Monument,
 is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, click here..

Vietnam Veterans Memorial .. click here...


Mary Ellen Sands said...

It saddens me that at 79 years old it is the first time I became aware of Hyam Salomon, who came to America, from Poland and devoted his efforts and finances to helping the colonies win their independance. He was held as a spy by the British and after his release he continued his efforts in the Revolution---lending the government money and helping to finance the army. He was never repaid for his efforts or for his loans, and he died bankrupt leaving his wife and children destitute. It would be the right thing to honor him at this statue on his birthday...and let the media that the rest of the TV audience will become aware of this great patriot.....and maybe visit...and put some flowers at the base of this landmark.. Mary Ellen Sands

Anonymous said...

Well said, Mary Ellen Sands, well said. Al Kuhn

Anonymous said...

My Great Uncle, Cancy Colao, posed for all three men. He actually wore George Washington's Clothes while posing. Cancy served in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and was the first of our family to set foot in Italy,during the war, since his Grand Parents came to America.

Jyoti said...

That's a very interesting information. Do you have any images, you could share?

follower said...

Cancy Colao is my dad. I miss him.