The Wrigley Building

Wrigley Building ChicagoChewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. built this 1922 Gothic style, 21 story tower on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, as his new corporate headquarters.

The current owners since 2011, Zeller Realty Group and Groupon co-founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell have stated the Wrigley Building is “One of the few business locations in the world that needs no other address”.

Architects were Graham, Anderson, Probst & White. Their design was to emulate the Cathedral of Seville, Spain, which interesting enough was  a minaret called La Giralda, before it was converted to a cathedral.

Wrigley Building Side ViewThe building facade, constructed in terra-cotta has two towers, one is the South tower, 425-feet high and completed in April 1921 and the other is the North Tower, completed in May 1924.

Famous to all Chicagoans is the large Clock Tower, on the southern end. Its hour hands expand 6 feet, 4 inches and the minute hands are 9 feet, 2 inches long. The clock can be seen from almost anywhere in midtown Chicago and many times represents Chicago when seen in movies, such as The Beginning of the End, Backdraft,The Breakup,The Fugitive, and Mercury Rising, as well as many TV shows.

In 1931, on the 14th floor, one can walk across the bridge that spans both towers. It was added in 1931 to accommodate a new bank that took space in the other tower. In addition, there are walkways on the ground level and the third floor.  Unique is that the structure contains no right angles (see photo above) and it was the first Chicago office building to have air conditioning.

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