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another building, another story...

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The BOERENTOREN (Farmers' Tower) in Antwerp is Europe's oldest "Chicago-style" skyscraper. It was built in the late twenties in Art Deco style and was commissioned by a bank.

Within the city, this tower symbolizes financial wealth. It is Antwerp's second tower of power, after the Cathedral, of course, of course.

At first the Catholics powers were very much opposed to the tower. Permission to build was not given until they promised to certainly NOT make it higher than the Cathedral of Our Lady AND to include a bas relief Mother Mary, which is located on the right side of the tower up around the sixth floor or so.

These days Chicago still is a synonym for highrise here, but the name has lost much of its positive connotation. Little Chicago is a collection of social apartment blocks on the left bank, and they certainly don't have a good reputation.

see WS for a closer view, in which you can see the Mother Mary bas relief

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song title reference: Robert Johnson

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