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Old January 27th, 2008, 07:26 PM   #1
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My Wrigley Building (Chicago) tribute

The Wrigley Building is one of my favorite buildings in the city, old or new. The detail is incredible from top to bottom. I've taken a few pictures to showcase some of that detail, and some of the older ones I have. enjoy


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"The Wrigley Building (410 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois) is a skyscraper located directly across Michigan Avenue from the Tribune Tower on the Magnificent Mile. It was built to house the corporate headquarters of the Wrigley Company.

When ground was broken for the Wrigley Building in 1920, there were no major office buildings north of the Chicago River and the Michigan Avenue Bridge, which spans the river just south of the building was still under construction. The land was selected by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. to headquarter his gum company. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White using the shape of the Giralda tower of Seville's Cathedral combined with French Renaissance details. The 425 foot south tower was completed in April 1921 and the north tower in May 1924. Walkways between the towers were added at the ground level and the third floor. In 1931, another walkway was added at the fourteenth floor to connect to offices of a bank in accordance with a Chicago statute concerning bank branch offices. The two towers, not including the levels below Michigan Avenue, have a combined area of 453,433 square feet.

The two towers are of differing heights, with the south tower rising to 30 stories and the north tower to 21 stories. On the south tower is a clock with faces pointing in all directions. Each face is 19 feet 7 inches in diameter. The building is glazed in terra-cotta, which provides its gleaming white fašade. On occasion, the entire building is hand washed to preserve the terra cotta. At night, the building is brightly lit with floodlights.

The Wrigley Building was Chicagoĺs first air-conditioned office building. If you walk through the center doors, you will find yourself in a secluded park area overlooking the Chicago River."






































































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Old January 27th, 2008, 07:36 PM   #2
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" One of My Favorites! "
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Old January 29th, 2008, 03:26 PM   #3
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where are all the WB fans! For all of the modern stuff of the present, this building is timeless, a real work of art!
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Old January 29th, 2008, 03:32 PM   #4
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Not bad but this modern building behind it is much better IMHO.
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Old January 29th, 2008, 05:02 PM   #5
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Not bad but this modern building behind it is much better IMHO.
you mean Trump Tower?
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Old January 29th, 2008, 06:11 PM   #6
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you mean Trump Tower?
This one U/C in the 3rd pic. Don't know what's the name of that building...
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Old January 29th, 2008, 06:20 PM   #7
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Yes that is Trump. I like Trump's design but it can't compare to the WB, IMO of course.
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Old January 29th, 2008, 06:33 PM   #8
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Yes that is Trump. I like Trump's design but it can't compare to the WB, IMO of course.
No prob. Everybody is entitled to have his own opinion. I don't usually like old architecture but, as I said, this WB doesn't look bad at all. But it can't really compare to modern skyscrapers as this Trump tower IMHO.
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Old January 30th, 2008, 11:39 PM   #9
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still one of the best highrises on the world
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Old January 31st, 2008, 07:40 PM   #10
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A classic. Actually it is one of my favorites world-wide. Looks fantastic at night.
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Immortalised in the famous song sung by Sinatra. That's how I first heard of it years ago!
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