The current "big" project in Chicago. Renovation of the Chicago Tribune Tower into combined condo/hotel. To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the Tribune conducted a global design competition in 1922, offering $100,000 in prize money. The winner was Howell and Hood of NYC. Many observers, including Louis Sullivan, thought the 2nd place finished, Eilel Saarineen (father of Eero, designer of TWA building at Idlewild and St Louis arch)was better. Certainly his design had greater influence over subsequent works. With 230 entries, the competition was a great success in elevating Chicago as a design destination.
Steel skeleton with Indiana limestone facade..34 stories 425ft culminating in flying buttresses like cathedral in Rouen. An interesting quirk in the first floor foundation- Colonel McCormick, publisher of the Tribune instructed his reporters to bring back fragments of prominent structures throughout the world, so embedded in first floor are stones from Notre Dame, Angkor Wat, St Paul's, the Alamo!, Taj Mahal, etc. Developers have assured Chicago they will preserve all the facets of this unusual building. #chicago #chicagotribune #neogothic #skyscrapers #urbanrenewal #chicagoriver #saarinen #designcompetetion #mccormack #miraclemile #michiganavenue