A Closer Look At Chicago’s Tribune Tower

The Tribune Tower was constructed between 1923 and 1925, following a competition run in the Chicago Daily Tribune newspaper to design the ‘most beautiful and eye-catching building in the world.’ That might be overstating it a bit, but there’s no denying it certainly is an impressive and appealing structure.

scan0001The neo-Gothic skyscraper is 462 feet tall and forms part of the Windy City’s Michigan–Wacker Historic District. However, you have to get close-up to see its most unusual feature.

At the instruction of the Chicago Tribune’s then owner and publisher, Robert R. McCormick, in the years leading up to the construction of the Tribune Tower, correspondents of the newspaper began collecting rocks from famous buildings and natural locations around the World.

At the last count, the total number of places represented was 149. For a time there were 150, but a piece of Moon rock on loan from NASA was removed from a window case in 2011 and has yet to be replaced.

Here are a couple of rocks that caught Rich’s eye (no prizes for guessing why).

IMG_2689IMG_2688All but one of the current specimens are incorporated into the outer wall of the lowermost storeys of the building. The exception is a small piece of stone from the Cave of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel, which is located inside the lobby.

The most recent addition to the collection (as far as I can tell) isn’t a rock at all, but a piece of ironwork from one of the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Centre.

IMG_2691This post was inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, which this week is Close Up.

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4 Responses to A Closer Look At Chicago’s Tribune Tower

  1. vannillarock says:

    we were totally bowled over with chicago when we visited last year – even though it it snowed on our last night (in april!)
    enjoyed revisiting it through you post.

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    I like these photos of yours this week. Very informative and a great way to display things. 🙂

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