The Tribune Tower is a neo-Gothic skyscraper located at a prominent site near the Michigan Avenue Bridge in Chicago.
In 1922, the Chicago Daily Tribune organized a competition for the 'most beautiful and eye-catching building in the world'. Raymond Hood - who would later build the Rockefeller Center in New York - and John Howell won the first place due to their familiar Gothic design and because the building fulfilled the needs of the newspaper best.
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The tower's spire
The Tribune Tower was completed in 1925 and reaches a height of 141 meters. It is located at North Michigan Avenue (known as the Magnificent Mile), near the Chicago River. The tower has been modeled after the Button Tower of theRouen Cathedral in France. With its decorative buttresses at the top, the Chicago Tribune Tower remains a remarkable architectural monument.
An interesting fact is that the Tribune Tower contains many famous stones incorporated in the wall, including rock fragments from the Alamo, the Colosseum and the Chinese Wall. A steel fragment from the World Trade Center in New York is also added to the wall. All these objects are labeled and visible from the street level. The most famous part of the collection is a moon rock which is not incorporated in the building but on display behind a glass window.
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