Sunday, May 22, 2016

Another Chicago Landmark

Anyone who has been to Chicago knows that it is a city full of architectural gems.  One of those gems is the neo-gothic Chicago Tribune Building located on Michigan Ave.

Completed in 1925, it was designed by New York architects John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood who won the design competition that was sponsored by the newspaper.

A statue of Nathan Hale stands in front of the entrance like a proud sentry on guard.

One of my favorite features of this grand old building are the pieces of famous structures that have been imbedded into the sides of the building at the street level.  When the building was being constructed, the Tribune asked their globe-trotting reporters to bring back pieces from the places they had visited on reporting missions.  In this photo we see a piece from Lincoln's Home in Springfield and a stone from Powder Tower in Riga Latvia.

I especially liked this piece from the Temple in the Forbidden City in Beijing.  There are 149 pieces set into the stone walls from all over the world.  The most recent piece added is a piece from the World Trade Center.  Every time I visit Chicago, I always stop here and look for new artifacts from far flung places.


Jacob said...

That is one amazing structure! I am in awe of people who can design and put together such buildings. It looks like a newspaper cathedral! Of course, as I recall, the owner of the Chicago Tribune did think he was god! :)

William Kendall said...

That is quite an eye catching building!

Jack said...

Wow, wow and wow. I love Chicago. (And Nathan Hale is from Coventry, Connecticut and statues of him are in the State Capitol and outside the Wadsworth Atheneum.)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Neo Gothic fabulousness Sharon.. I would love to visit Chicago!

Catalyst said...

I love that old-fashioned architecture. Much more beautiful than the steel and glass towers of today.