The Tribune Tower is a neo-Gothic skyscraper located in the city of Chicago in Illinois. It is the headquarters of the Tribune Company and the home of the Chicago Tribune newspaper. It is also considered as a Chicago landmark.
Tribune Tower History
The Tribune Tower was a product of a design competition that was held by the Chicago Tribune to house its new headquarters in 1922. It attracted international architects with the offer of $100,000 in total prize money, with $50,000 going to the 1st placer. The competition also was done in part as a publicity stunt. It received more than 260 entries, with some of the designs eventually provided some considerable impact and influence into the progression of American architectural history. The eventual winner of the design contest was the neo-Gothic design created by New York architects John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood. Construction on the building started in 1923. It was eventually completed in 1925.
Tribune Tower Features
The Tribune Tower stands 141 meters high and contains a total of 34 floors. The design of the Tribune Tower was modeled after the Butter Tower of the Rouen Cathedral in northwestern France. Its lobby walls are inscribed with quotations uttered by famous people and represent the newspaper’s ideals. Its walls also hold a collection of stones coming from famous monuments and sites all over the world. The building’s upper tower is encircled by 8 flying buttresses which add to the building’s appealing design.