I wish I knew the truth about Mr Fisher

Ornamented Arch and Lintel, Fisher Building, Chicago, © 2013 Celia Her City

The Fisher Building‘s exterior exudes the pride of artisans, who crafted the ornamental details that cover its surface.  This elaborate arch over the south entrance is characteristic, integrating aquatic motifs with traditional Gothic ones to memorialize the original owner by whose name the building is known.  The undersides of the window-bays are richly decorated, repaying passers-by who think to look up, instead of down.

Detail of the ornamental arch at the South entrance of the Fisher Building, Chicago. © 2013 Celia Her City

The details of this doorway are fascinating.  What are we to make of Mr Fisher, whose building is adorned with octopus tentacles and scary sea monsters?  Was he tough to deal with?  Slightly ridiculous or imposing?  Did he have a sense of humor, or was he channeling some sort of Poseidon vibe?

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