The Chicago Tribune Tower Competition
Skyscraper Design and Cultural Change in the 1920s
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.
1. Planning the Competition
2. "Class Appeal" for the Masses: Imagining Community
3. Conducting the Competition, Shaping an International Agenda
4. Design for Advertising
5. The Gothic Skyscraper: "Ancient Beauty" versus "Ultra Modern"
6. City of Towers: Transforming the Skyscraper
7. Tribune Tower: Constructing a Corporate Icon
Society of Architectural Historians: Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award