The Chicago Tribune Building
John Mead Howells & Raymond Hood, 1925
Chicago

The Chicago Tribune held a famous competition in 1922 for a design for their new headquarters. Many renowned architects from all over the world entered with designs varying from Modern to outlandish. Hood and Howells' design copies the gothic motifs found in the Woolworth building, but uses a new form--a tower shooting directly up from the base. Though the stone cladding of this Chicago skyscraper is very conventional, the rounded corners with windows, rather than columns, are very innovative, using the freedom of steel frame construction to create prime offices. Compare these corners to those of the Woolworth Building.