Chicago is certainly a city of beautiful buildings. Steely skyscrapers dominate the skyline of the Loop. Elegant apartment buildings are scattered throughout neighborhoods like Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast. Edgy, arty lofts can be found in neighborhoods like Bucktown and Wicker Park. And many of Chicago’s museums and administrative buildings double as awe inspiring works of architecture.
There is so much great architecture in Chicago that it can sometimes be hard to appreciate all of the architectural beauty of the buildings in Chicago.
For that reason, we’ve decided to feature a few of our favorite architectural triumphs on our blog. This week, we’ll be taking a closer look at the architectural triumph that is The Tribune Tower.
The Tribune Tower may not be one of the biggest buildings in Chicago, but it is certainly one of the most beautiful and—arguably—one of the most interesting, as well.
In 1922, the owners of the Chicago Tribune decided to host an international design competition, inviting architects from all over the world to wow them with “the most beautiful and distinctive office building in the world.”
Dozens of architects entered the competition, but the winning design belonged to John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, New York-based architects with a penchant for neo-Gothic design and flying buttresses. Howells and Hood were awarded a $50,000 prize for their design, and their fame spread quickly around the world.
With its sleek stone and its gorgeous gothic sensibilities, the Tower looks as beautiful now as it did in the early 1920s, and many Chicagoans cite the Tribune Tower as their favorite building in downtown Chicago. All in all, the tower, which overlooks the Chicago River and is only a stone’s throw away from other landmark buildings, like the Trump Tower, is well worth a visit.
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