Chicago Tribune Tower

Hood and Howells

One of the most significant events in the history of modern architecture was the Tribune Tower international competition in 1922 when the Chicago Tribune, the city's oldest and most important newspaper, offered a $50,000 prize for the winning design. 260 (some sources say 263) entries were submitted, including not only the more "modern" second-place entry by Eliel Saarinen and designs by Gropius and Holabird and Roch but also some outrageous designs--Adolf Loos's apparently serious Doric-column- as-skyscraper and another entry--a tower topped with the head of an American Indian.

Distant view with the Wrigley Building (by Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White, 1921, 1924) to the left and the Tribune Tower

Gothic Revival elements are especially evident in the base and the top, with its flying buttresses.


The "Gothic" entrance

Other buildings on this site by Raymond Hood include: American Radiator Building, Daily News Building, and McGraw-Hill Building.

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