Reward for going to the dentist

Intercontinental Hotel, Chicago, © 2013 Celia Her City

Who likes going to the dentist, right?

My dentist has moved his office from a dismal space in McClurg Court to Michigan Avenue, right across from the Intercontinental Chicago Hotel.  From his windows, you can see the Intercontinental’s facade, which is almost impossible to see from the street.

What an odd and beautiful building!  One of the city’s great stone-clad skyscrapers, it was designed in the late 20s, in the Art Deco style with Assyrian motifs.  I love the rope carving highlighting the windows.

Intercontinental Hotel, Chicago (detail of left part of bas relief), © 2013 Celia Her City

The bas-relief shows some sort of procession, with subjects bringing tributes to a king.  There are lawgivers and hooded figures, trumpeters and archers, soldiers and gods, bulls and wheat, cities and spread-eagles, all jammed into one.

Right portion of bas relief on Intercontinental Hotel, Chicago, © 2013 Celia Her City

It sure brings a touch of exoticism to a Midwestern town.

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