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Holmes Meets Third Wife

An interesting facet of Holmes’ personality is that he never killed any of the women whom he considered his wives. His first wife, Clara Lovering, was left in New Hampshire. His second wife, Myrta Belknap, was alive and well in Wilmette, and his third wife, Georgiana Yoke, was one of the key witnesses against him during his murder trial in Philadelphia.

The Siegel, Cooper & Co. Store

He met Georgiana in the building at the northeast corner of State Street and Congress Parkway. The building was constructed by one of Marshall Field’s and Potter Palmer’s old business partners, Levi Z. Leiter. The building was erected in 1891, designed by famed architect William Le Baron Jenney, and was home to Georgiana Yoke’s employer, the Siegel & Cooper Department Store. The Harold Washington Public Library is directly across State Street from the building, and if it is during business hours, it is well worth an elevator trip to the beautiful 9th floor of the library. From there you can look through the windows on the east side for a close up view of the inscription on the top of the Leiter Building.

Georgiana Yoke

Georgiana was a schoolteacher working in the third school district of Columbus, Indiana, who desperately wanted to be part of the excitement in Chicago surrounding the coming 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. She was a tall, strong, adventurous young woman of 23 years with blue eyes so large some thought them to look odd. She secured a position with the Siegel & Cooper store shortly after arriving in the city in 1892 with the help of her mother Mary’s brother, Isaac Toner.

A Wedding In Denver, Colorado

Georgiana turned 24 on October 17th the year of the World’s Fair, and three months later Holmes whisked her off to Denver, Colorado to be his third wife that we know of. The marriage was performed by the Reverend E.J. Wilcox of the Fifth Avenue Methodist Church on January 17, 1894.The marriage wouldn’t last long, however, as Holmes was soon arrested, tried, and convicted for the murder of his business associate, Benjamin Frelan Pitezel. Holmes was hanged on May 7, 1896 and a key witness concerning Holmes’ whereabouts and state of mind following Pitezel’s murder was his young wife Georgiana.

Siegel Cooper Gone In 1930

Siegel & Cooper closed up shop in 1930 and the building became the flagship store for Sears Roebuck and Co. It is now the home of Robert Morris College and was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1997 as the oldest existing department store structure in the city. Much of the interior of the building has been remodeled, but you can still see .

A wonderful book for further reading is “A Competent Witness, Georgiana Yoke and The Trial of H. H. Holmes” by Judith Nickels

Divvy Bike Location

For those of you Divvy Bike riders, the closest Divvy Bike station is one block north on State and Van Buren.

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Wat Buddharangsi

Wat Buddharangsi is a Theraveda Buddhist temple, in the Thai tradition, located in Homestead, just south of Miami. It was built in 1982 to house a congregation that has been around since 1979, and it continues to expand with the South Florida Thai-American community and with an increasing number of non-Thai visitors. Visitors from many backgrounds have described the area as a peaceful and beautiful oasis in the fast-paced Miami metro, a place to meditate or just appreciate the unique grounds. The temple welcomes anyone with an interest in Buddhism and also offers a variety of religious and non-religious events.

The centerpiece of the temple is a 5-ton, 23-foot tall Buddha statue. It’s made mostly of brass but also contains copper, silver, and gold. Visitors can place a gold leaf on the Buddha’s head as a prayer for wisdom, or on the heart as a prayer for love or good health. The statue is named “PHRABUDDHADHAMMACHINARAJ” and is based on a statue with the same name in Phitsanulok, Thailand. It was created for Miami’s Thai Buddhist community in 1997 before the temple was built.

A Growing Community

The complex also includes modest apartments for about six monks who live there at a given time. Visitors can ask them for blessings, and they perform marriages and other religious ceremonies for the community.

It was designed by Nopporn Poochareon, a Thai-American general contractor and owner of Thai restaurants in Miami. Man of the materials, as well as some of the workers, were sourced from Thailand to keep the temple true to the Thai tradition.

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Rockefeller Park & Greenhouse

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Rockefeller Park & Greenhouse

Rockefeller Park is the largest park entirely inside Cleveland’s city limits. The park connects a string of parkland that extends from the suburb of Shaker Heights to the shore of Lake Erie. To celebrate Cleveland’s Centennial in 1896, oil tycoon John D.Rockefeller and his wife, Laura Spelman Rockefeller, pledged to deed the city 270 acres of land and donate hundreds of thousands more for the park’s beautification and upkeep—a total of $550 k in turn-of-the-century dollars! The announcement drew cheers from the Centennial celebration’s crowd, and in gratitude, the park was named in their honor.

Rockefeller Park Greenhouse

The plans to build a greenhouse on a portion of the park began in 1902, and the first building opened in 1905. Initially, the purpose of the greenhouse was solely to grow plants that could be transferred to other parks and gardens to beautify the city. Over time, the greenhouse grew to be a botanical destination on its own.

Today Rockefeller Park Greenhouse is a small, four-acre botanical garden with a wonderful assortment of specialty plants, seasonal floral displays, and themed gardens. Are you looking to explore firsthand some beautiful botanical finds? Come indoors to see the greenhouse’s cacti and orchids, an indoor water garden, a fern showhouse, and more.

In December, the gardens and greenhouse are converted into an elaborate holiday display, filled with poinsettias.

There are also six outdoor gardens. The Iris Garden is a delight in springtime. During the summer, the Latin American Garden displays succulents, flowering plants, and tropical fruits found in Central and South America. The Japanese Garden evokes a soothing, tranquil feeling through its materials, plants, and traditional Japanese design. The Mall is a manicured formal garden with statues that symbolize the four seasons, and a Peace Garden leads you through an old-fashioned gazebo to perennial, herb, and rose gardens. A highlight for all visitors, including the visually-impaired, is the Betty Ott Talking Garden. Here plants have been selected for their appeal to all the senses and are planted in raised beds that allow you to get up close to see, touch, and smell them. Descriptions are given in audio, and garden signage is both in English and Braille. As for the park, the outdoor space is filled with arching trees native to Ohio.

There is something in bloom at Rockefeller Greenhouse all year round. Admission is free, and it’s open from 10 to 4 every day, even on holidays. Its small size makes it easy to explore, and it’s often less crowded here than in some of the other parks, making it a hidden gem. Visitors enjoy escaping from cold, winter weather and getting a taste of the desert or tropics in the warm, indoor greenhouses.

More Points Of Interest

Points of interest at Rockefeller Park include the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, four architecturally historic stone bridges, and Doan Brook. The Cultural Gardens and the stone bridges are on the National Register of Historic Places. The park also offers a lagoon, picnic areas, tennis courts, playgrounds, and walks.

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Cupid’s Span

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Cupid's Span

Who doesn’t love love? In 2002, married artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen built the Cupid’s Span installation to honor romance. Located in Rincon Park along the Embracdero, the piece shows partial images of a bow and arrow lodged in the ground. The 60-foot sculpture is made of fiberglass and steel, making it a sturdy and long-standing piece of construction.

The Meaning

For Cupid’s Span, it’s essential to know why the work of art was created. Because San Fransisco is known as the home port of Eros, Oldenburg and Bruggen saw fit to create a monument honoring this space of love and creativity. The meaning relates to Cupid, the mythological god of desire, attraction, and affection. His counterpart is Eros, signifying that Cupid’s Span unites all aspects of the myth into one giant artwork. There is also a mythological account of Eros shooting an arrow into the Earth to bring fertility. All in all, Cupid’s Span is a mythological reimagining of ancient ideas and principals.

The Inspiration

Oldenberg and Bruggen also chose to make this piece because of its similarity to the Golden Gate Bridge. While the meaning behind the work of art is more transcendental, the physical component is meant to emulate and pay tribute to the city’s famous bridge. Both works of steel and both suspended in their own way, Cupid’s Span and the Golden Gate Bridge represent the golden ideals of the city and how those can manifest when people come together to create something amazing.

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