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Tribune Tower Chicago - History Is Part Of The Building
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Tribune is a media industry leader reaching more than 80 percent of U.S. households through newspaper publishing, television and radio broadcasting and the Internet. Operations are concentrated in the nation's major markets, including the top three, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
The company was founded in 1847. That year, on June 10, the Chicago Tribune published its first edition in a one-room plant located at LaSalle and Lake Streets. The original press run consisted of 400 copies printed on a hand press. In 1925, the company completed a new headquarters and one of Chicago's first "skyscrapers" - the Tribune Tower - which has been the "Crown of Michigan Avenue" since. Tribune Tower's neo-Gothic design was chosen from 263 entries in a $100,000 international competition in 1922. This great American masterpiece of architecture was the brainchild of Raymond Hood and John Howell, influenced by the famous cathedral in Rouen, France.
The 40-story building is a historic Chicago landmark. It has been the site of some of the most important journalistic investigations and stories in America, and has been featured in dozens of Chicago TV shows and movies over the years. One of the structures amazing features are the many historic stones and artifacts embedded in its first story limestone exterior walls. The tradition began in 1914 when Col. Robert R. McCormick, the Chicago Tribune's longtime editor and publisher, was covering WWI. Touring a medieval cathedral in Ypres, France, that had been damaged by German shelling, he grabbed a piece for himself. Many of the pieces were gifts to Col. McCormick from the newspaper's reporters, and some were brought back to Chicago by foreign correspondents.
Though it caused controversy at first - the award was criticized a lot as it was against the modernizing trend of the Chicago School and against the ideas of functional architecture which reduced decorations to the bare minimum - the Tribune Tower has become one of Chicago's most beloved iconic attractions and is considered to be a remarkable feat in Chicago's architecture. Located on the Magnificent Mile just opposite of the Wrigley building and close to Michigan Avenue Bridge the Tribune Tower is definitely worth a stop on any Chicago tour, so that visitors may be awed by its splendor.
January 16th, 2013
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