Tribune Tower, Chicago

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    Find the bits....

    by leics Written Oct 17, 2012

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    Although the Tribune Tower (1922-25), built for the Chicago Tribune newspaper, is a magnificent example of 'sortof Gothic' skyscraper, with some elements strongly reminiscent of European Gothic cathedrals, it was no that which drew me to visit.

    It was the fact that, for a reason which is entirely beyond my ken, correspondents from the newspaper brought back chunks of masonry (120 in all) from historical and archaeological sites all over the world, and these were incorporated into the lower levels of the building's structure as it was created. They are labelled, although in some cases the lettering is very worn (apparently you can pick up an identification leaflet in the lobby, though I didn't).

    You can probably guess what I think about the acceptability of doing this, but..to be fair..the Tribune Tower was built almost a century ago. The past is another country and it is foolish to judge it by the standards of today.

    So I suggest you spend some time looking at the various bits & bobs in the lower levels; you'll find chunks from the UK Houses of Parliament, the Forbidden City, the ruins at Leptis Magna (Libya) and many more. There even supposed to be a bit of moon rock there, lent by MASA and in a special case, but I didn't spot it.

    It's worth venturing into the lobby too; it's covered in quotations (painted on the walls) which support a free press. And there's a big map of North America too, made of plaster mixed with dollar bills.

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    • Architecture
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    Tribune Tower

    by SnoopySue Written Dec 12, 2004

    If you do not have enough money and time to visit Westminster Abbey, ancient pyramides, Cologne cathedral and rocks from the moon, find pieces of all that in Chicago Tribune Tower which is just across the street of the Wrigley Building.

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