Daily News Building, 22 February 2011


This large building was the former home of the now-defunct Chicago Daily News newspaper, which went out of business in the late 1970s. The building, of course, was built during the height of popularity and circulation for the paper, during the late 1920s.




Photo Information:

Location: Chicago Illinois; West Loop
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX (Upper two photos); 80-210mm f/4.5-5.6 (Lower)
ISO Equivalency: 100
Color Setting: Vivid (Black & White conversion in post-processing)

The building itself was designed by Holabird & Root, and completed in 1929. If the name of that firm sounds familiar, it’s because they also designed the Palmolive Building, which I mentioned a couple weeks back; in fact, Holabird & Root, in one incarnation or another, has been responsible for quite a few prominent buildings in Chicago. Certainly, they’ve created a number of impressive contributions to Chicago’s collection of Art Deco buildings – not the most elaborate or colorful, mind you, but impressive, nonetheless.

As for this particular building, unlike many Art Deco designs, the central block of the building is fairly unadorned; often, Art Deco buildings feature decorative metal or terra cotta panels in the vertical spaces between windows, creating vertical bands on the façade; occasionally, this decorative panel will simply be a different material than the surrounding stone. In this case, however, the central block is almost completely unadorned; perhaps, these material transitions were omitted for reasons of cost (hey, there are an awful lot of windows there). The lower “arms” of the building frame the sides of a public plaza adjacent to the Chicago River, which the building faces; the incorporated plaza was also the first to be designed as part of an office building complex. While the Chicago Daily News moved out of the complex in the late 1950s, the building lives on as Riverside Plaza, an otherwise generic office space in a fairly “dressed-up” shell.

Oh, and for added fun, the building is directly across the River from the Civic Opera Building, which was completed in the same year.



2 Responses to “Daily News Building, 22 February 2011”

  1. […] I’ve already photographed and written about this building before, so I won’t bore you with the details this time around. In case you’ve forgotten, […]

  2. […] Holabird & Root) on the west side of the Chicago Loop; I’ve written about this building before, so if you’re interested in seeing / reading more about the building, check out that […]

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