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Tribune Tower
435 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Official Tribune Tower Website




Howells & HoodŮJohn Mead Howells and Raymond Hood


Gothic Revival modeled after the Butter Tower at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

Building materials:

Steel and Indiana limestone


Tribune Tower, by Carl F. Zoschke

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Gothic Revival




Crockets on far left and right pinnacles


Corbel with carved grotesques

Cartouches in tympanum




1935 courtyard with a statue of Nathan Hale.

Display window

Display window surround

Ancient Temple







Corbel with carved grotesques



In 1922, the Chicago Tribune hosted an international design competition for its new headquarters and offered a $50,000 prize for "the most beautiful and eye-catching building in the world." The competition worked brilliantly as a publicity stunt, and the resulting entries still reveal a unique turning point in American architectural history. More than 260 entries were received.

The entry that many perceived as the best - a radically simplified tower by the Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen - took second place. Saarinen's tower, which anticipated the coming impact of stripped-down modernism on building form, was preferred by critics like Louis Sullivan, and was a strong influence on the next generation of skyscrapers - including Raymond Hood's own subsequent work on the McGraw-Hill Building and Rockefeller Center.

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Color photos and their arrangement © 2008 Chuck LaChiusa
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