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Tribune Tower


Tribune Tower is located at North Michigan Avenue which is also known as the Magnificent Mile, near the Chicago River. This structure is modeled after the Button Tower of the Rouen Cathedral in France. The building was designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood.

They designed it in an attempt to win a competition hosted by the Chicago Daily Tribune for the most eye-catching and beautiful building in the world. The competition was announced on June 10, 1922 and the winning prize was $50,000. More than 260 entries from 23 countries arrived.


Quick Facts: –

  • It has more of a Gothic design compared to the more modern and contemporary buildings which makes this building unique.
  • The 141 meter high structure of Tribune Tower was completed in 1925.
  • This building contains rock fragments from famous landmarks across the world including the Great Wall of China, Alamo and the Colosseum.
  • It has a total of 38 floors. 34 floors are above the ground and 4 floors are below the ground.
  • This building was previously owned by Tribune Media and Tribune Publishing. The current owner is CIM Group and Golub & Company.
  • Tribune Company is a leading name in the media industry. It dates back to June 10, 1847.
  • The collection also contains a piece of rock from the moon.
  • The building has a total of nine elevators and the number of parking spaces is 280.
  • The main frame of the tower is made of steel and fireproofed with concrete. The outer walls are Indiana limestone in shades of gray.
  • A total of 9,316 tons of steel and 13,160 tons of stone were used in the construction. The cost of the construction was $8.5 million.



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