The Chicago Tribune Tower Competition: Skyscraper Design and Cultural Change in the 1920s

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 15, 2003 - Architecture - 370 pages
In 1922, the Chicago Tribune sponsored an international competition to design its new corporate headquarters. Both a serious design contest and a brilliant publicity stunt, the competition received worldwide attention for the hundreds of submissions—from the sublime to the ridiculous—it garnered.

In this lavishly illustrated book, Katherine Solomonson tells the fascinating story of the competition, the diverse architectural designs it attracted, and its lasting impact. She shows how the Tribune used the competition to position itself as a civic institution whose new headquarters would serve as a defining public monument for Chicago. For architects, planners, and others, the competition sparked influential debates over the design and social functions of skyscrapers. It also played a crucial role in the development of advertising, consumer culture, and a new national identity in the turbulent years after World War I.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Planning the Competition
13
Class Appeal for the Masses Imagining Community
37
Conducting the Competition Shaping an International Agenda
67
Design for Advertising
99
The Gothic Skyscraper Ancient Beauty versus Ultra Modern
149
City of Towers Transforming the Skyscraper
197
Tribune Tower Constructing a Corporate Icon
251
Postscript
293
Notes
305
Select Bibliography
351
Index
362
Copyright

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Katherine Solomonson is an associate professor of architecture and co-head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Minnesota's College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

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