Tribune Tower - Chicago, IL

Architect: Raymond M. Hood and John Mead Howells

Year Built: 1922-25


This design was the result of an international competition for "the most beautiful office building in the world," held in 1922 by the Chicago Tribune newspaper. The various competition entries proved extremely influential for the development of skyscraper architecture in the 1920s. The winning entry, with a crowning tower with flying buttresses, is derived from the design of the French cathedral of Rouen.


The base of the building is studded with over 120 stones from famed sites and structures in all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries. They include the Trondheim Cathedral, Taj Mahal, the Parthenon, Palace of Westminster, petrified wood from the Redwood National and State Parks, the Great Pyramid, the Alamo, Notre-Dame, Abraham Lincoln's Tomb, the Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall, Bunker Hill, the World Trade Center and Mark Twain's "Injun Joe Cave" among others.


©2008 Rob LaRosa

  • Roadsidepictures 7y

    This is a gorgeous photograph! The lighting is amazing against the evening sky.

    Did you see a stone from Nevada at the base?
  • Rob LaRosa 7y


    Thanks! On the Illinois Street side they have a brick from the Washoe County Courthouse in Reno.
  • Ricky Barnard 7y

    beautiful! I like the warm colors of the building against the clouds.
  • ninjahlei 7y

    nicely done!
  • A Sutanto 7y

    Stunning and dramatic.

    Your photography is stunning/
  • Jim 6y

    Great shot of a classic!
  • Rob LaRosa 6y

    @all - Thanks for the comments. I'm glad mother nature provided such a nice back ground.
  • bauerbe_mv 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Traditional Skyscrapers - would be great if you could join the group and add this wonderful shot!
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