Wrigley Building

The Wrigley Building is a skyscraper on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago (Illinois ), across from the Tribune Tower. It was built as the headquarters of the Wrigley Company. His address is 410 North Michigan Avenue.

As the grounds for the Wrigley Building in 1920 was excavated were no major office buildings north of the Chicago River. The Michigan Avenue Bridge, Wrigley Building, just south of crossing the river, was still under construction. The country was chosen to headquarter his gum company by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.. The building was designed by the architectural firm Graham, Anderson, Probst & White. The shape was inspired by the Cathedral of Seville (Spain ), combined with elements of French Renaissance Giralda Tower.

The 133.5 meter high south tower was completed in April 1921, the 89.6 meter tall north tower in May 1924. Crossings between the towers were built on the ground floor and the third floor. 1931 was built in another passage on the 14th floor to connect offices of a bank. This was necessary in order to meet a Chicago regulation on bank branches.

The two towers are not the same. The South Tower has 30 floors, the northern tower 21 The south tower has a tower clock with dials in all directions. Each dial has a diameter of nearly six meters. The terracotta cladding gives the façade its shiny white appearance. Occasionally, the whole building is washed by hand to preserve the terracotta cladding. At night the building is illuminated by floodlights.

The Wrigley Building was Chicago's first air-conditioned office building. When you enter the building through the central entrance, you find yourself in an enclosed park, from where you can overlook the Chicago River.

At the foot of the South Tower, there is a staircase that leads to the Chicago River down. There, boat tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan are offered.