About the image
Father Jacques Marquette.

Over each elevator on the first and second floor are bronze portraits of Native Americans and explorers. These sculptures represent those “who were directly or indirectly connected with the discovery and exploration of the great Northwest and the Mississippi River and Valley.” Amy Aldis Bradley, Owen Aldis’ sister, sculpted the images of Marquette and Jolliet. Edward Kemeys sculpted the rest. According to Russell Tyson, a senior partner of Aldis and Company, “the model who posed for [Father Marquette] was a young man named Brainerd in Mr. Bradley’s office.”

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