The Competition
Chicago, June 10, 1922
International Design
Competition for the Chicago’s
new headquartes. The Chicago
thecity's oldest and most
important newspaper,
offered a $50,000 prize for the
winning design of
“The most beautiful and
distinctive office building in the
Eliel Saarinen
Gottlieb Eliel Saarinen (August 20, 1873, Rantasalmi, Finland – July
1, 1950, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States)
was a Finnish architect who became famous for his art nouveau
buildings in the early years of the 20th century.
Tribune Tower
Woolworth Building
Saarinen's tower took the second place and anticipated the coming
impact of stripped-down modernism on building form.
...Where to find the Tribune Tower
..and Woolworth Building
American Radiator Building
It is well-known that Saarinen's design strongly
influenced the American Radiator Building.
Gulf Building
The 1929 Gulf Building in Houston is a full
realization of that Saarinen desing.
W. Madison
181 West Madison Street Building is also thought
to be inspired by Saarinen's design.
Walter Gropius
Walter Adolph Georg Gropius
(May 18, 1883 – July 5, 1969)
was a German architect and
founder of the Bauhaus School
who, along with Ludwig Mies
van der Rohe and Le Corbusier,
is widely regarded as one of the
pioneering masters of modern
The third place entry was submitted by Walter Gropius, best known as the
founder of the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany. His design for the Tribune building
shares many of the same attributes as his ironic design for the Bauhaus Building.
Cincinnati Union Terminal
Fellheimer's Obelisk
Honorable mention went to Alfred T. Fellheimer (March 9, 1875–1959), known as
a designer of theaters and railroad stations. His most famous work is the fabulous
Cincinatti Union Terminal.
Adolf Loos
Adolf Loos (10 December 1870 – 23 August 1933) was a Moravian-born Austrian
architect. He was influential in European Modern architecture, in his essay
Ornament and Crime he repudiated the florid style of the Vienna Secession, the
Austrian version of Art Nouveau.
Loos' Tribune
Fisher's Twirling Tower (Dubai)
Dubai resembles the Chicago Competition for its
David Fisher owes his rotating tower in Dubai to Loos'
Tribune Tower.
and the winner is….
J. M. Howells
R. Hood
..a neo-Gothic design by New York architects John
Mead Howells and Raymond Hood
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