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Old September 12th, 2005, 02:49 AM   #1
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The Tribune Tower Thread

I love this tower so much I decided to give it its own thread. Here's a collection of shitty pictures I have taken of Chicago's best.



















And a bonus, this kickass red lady...

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Old September 12th, 2005, 03:40 AM   #2
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I've always wondered, what's at the top? Executive offices? Those must be some sweet views from the top.
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Old September 13th, 2005, 05:02 AM   #3
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I don't know, but it would be the coolest place in the world to live!
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Old September 13th, 2005, 05:16 AM   #4
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I've been inside the Tribune Tower.

When I was 17 I wrote a letter to Steve Chapman, a columnist and member of the editorial board, to complain about one of their editorials, and he invited me to sit in on a meeting.

The building is beautiful on the inside--anyone who hasn't seen the lobby should at least peek in and see that--and the editorial board room is in a corner on the southwest side of the building with views of the Chicago River and the Loop.

That being said, the actual meeting struck me as something that could have happened among some particularly precocious but cynical high schoolers who happened to be fat and balding.

(Except for Chapman--really--who is intelligent, thin, and fully-haired, not to mention generous for extending me the invitation, and a youngish woman from Madison, Wisconsin, the two of whom were pretty much the only opposition to the remainder of the board who all matched the original description and were from Schaumburg.)
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Old September 13th, 2005, 05:36 AM   #5
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I'm jealous! I need to take a peak next time I am in Chicago.
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Old September 15th, 2005, 07:19 PM   #6
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Wow..I like the base! Never seen pics of it at street level before

The base reminds me of One Atlantic Center in Atlanta
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Old September 15th, 2005, 10:53 PM   #7
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Hah, funny you mention that. This tower (and Trinity Church in Boston) is the one that inspired Johnson/Burgee to build One Atlantic Center. OAC is my other fav.
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Old September 15th, 2005, 11:01 PM   #8
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Nice. The base looks really small
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Old September 15th, 2005, 11:15 PM   #9
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The many stones embedded into the base of the tower, coming from the most beautiful buildings in the world, including the Taj Mahal and pyramids in Giza.

Isn't the Freedom Museum in the base going to open in Spring?
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Old September 16th, 2005, 04:28 AM   #10
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very nice
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Old September 16th, 2005, 04:51 AM   #11
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The many stones embedded into the base of the tower, coming from the most beautiful buildings in the world, including the Taj Mahal and pyramids in Giza.

Isn't the Freedom Museum in the base going to open in Spring?
Great pics. I didn't know anything about a museum, but I do now.
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Old November 2nd, 2012, 10:07 PM   #12
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Hi from Spain,
I'd like to see if this photo was taken at the Tribune Tower. Perhaps the feature of the chairs. It was taken in 1959.



thanks a million
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Old November 3rd, 2012, 04:14 PM   #13
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One of the most beautiful skyscrapers in existence. Gothic buildings are more impressive than any art deco building.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 04:07 AM   #14
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I wish architects would just consider making their buildings beautiful again. If only they would stop just thinking about form follows function, a phrase which says only to go fastest way from point a to point B. Why cant architects build something like this anymore, something worth stopping to look at between point A and B. I know this structure won a contest against modernist designs of Adolf Loos and Walter Gropius. That would be great to see such happen, but with architecture as a whole, not just a building.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 03:44 PM   #15
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I say that if such buildings are built again, they should be designed by skilled architects who now a thing or two about classical design. Most buildings imitating classical styles are godawful.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 08:20 PM   #16
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I say that if such buildings are built again, they should be designed by skilled architects who now a thing or two about classical design. Most buildings imitating classical styles are godawful.
except for PoMo

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Old November 4th, 2012, 08:22 PM   #17
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When I first saw this building when visiting Chicago I was stunned. It's one of my favorite ever.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 10:53 PM   #18
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except for PoMo

I was actually referring to pomo buildings. There are a few beautiful rarities in postmodernism like your example (and other Pelli buildings) but if one doesn't hire a skilled architect they get this:




Non- modern architects should learn from buildings like this, Woolworth, American International, and others in order to avoid ghastliness like that.
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Old November 5th, 2012, 10:28 PM   #19
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IMO, the most beautiful buliding of the world. There were other projects presented for the Tribune tower that were also interesting, but this is like ... perfect.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 01:27 PM   #20
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Lovely building indeed. For my taste he top is a bit overdone in terms of detailing and copying gothic style. However, thats what makes it so special and therefore its good.

A great unique landmark of Chicago!
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