Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wrigley Building

The Wrigley Building is an iconic Chicago landmark built with French Renaissance details and a “wedding-cake” like tower on top.  It’s one of the few business locations in the world where no other address than the name is needed.  It sits in a prime location on Michigan Avenue right on the Chicago River.  At night the building is lit with flood lights that light up its façade in the most dramatic and inviting way.  The building was completed between 1921 and 1924 as the headquarters for the Wrigley Chewing Gum Company and was one of the very first business buildings to be located north of the Chicago River.  The building achieved another Chicago ‘first’ being the first office building to be air conditioned in the city.

When I was working in Chicago, I lived just one block from the beautiful landmark and I enjoyed seeing it every day that I was there.


Judy said...

It's so much more attractive than the newer buildings that surround it.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

It DOES look very French. I like it. said...

Buildings such as this have much more character than the featureless glass towers that characterize late 20th century office buildings.