The Architect’s Newspaper: SCB converts Chicago’s Tribune Tower and surrounding media complex into luxury residences



  • Feb 22, 2023


In 1922, a competition to design the headquarters for The Chicago Tribune gathered influential entries from architects like Eliel Saarinen, Walter Gropius, Adolf Loos, and Bruno Taut. Despite the strong showing from modernist European architects, New York architects Raymond Hood and John Mead Howells were awarded first place, and their neo-Gothic design and an accompanying printing plant opened in 1925 on a site where Michigan Avenue crosses the Chicago River. The skyscraper quickly became a key part of the city’s skyline and architectural imagination: In 1980, Stanley Tigerman staged a series of “late entries,” and in 2017 Johnston Marklee commissioned a set of new proposals for the Chicago Architecture Biennale.

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