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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Today in the Slow Death of Newspapers

posted by on June 25 at 14:08 PM

The LA Times reports that its own building is for sale:

Tribune Co. is putting two of its most historic properties—the Los Angeles Times headquarters downtown and Tribune Tower in Chicago—on the block.
Tribune CEO Sam Zell says the company seeks to ‘maximize the value’ of The Times’ headquarters in downtown Los Angeles as well as Chicago’s Tribune Tower. He seeks options to maintain ‘some level of occupancy’ in the buildings.

I like the Times headquarters, which always make me think of a loaf of bread wearing a suit of armor:


But I adore the Tribune building in Chicago:


I love the Trib building for its crazy, totally unnecessary flying buttresses


… and how its outside is festooned with rocks that reporters brought back from their travels, per the demands of Colonel McCormick, the Trib’s crazy owner:


It’s not like anybody wants to tear down these lovely, bizarre buildings, but still—it seems like poor, grown-up siblings having to sell off their childhood home.

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your last line on that is lovely

Posted by thickturd | June 25, 2008 2:19 PM

The Tribune Tower in Chicago is my favorite building ever. I believe there is a chunk of Mt. Rainier in the wall somewhere if memory serves...

Posted by Lobot | June 25, 2008 2:28 PM

I love the Tribune Tower too! The rocks are completely fascinating (and when will you ever hear that sentence outside of a geology convention).

Posted by Julie | June 25, 2008 2:31 PM

I'm going to see the Tribune Tower this weekend! Wheeeee.

Posted by Gloria | June 25, 2008 2:56 PM

I was sad when the Sun Times bldg got demolished. I mean, sure, it was a garish ugly big boat of a bldg (literally, it was designed to look like a boat.) But I still loved it.

Posted by arduous | June 25, 2008 3:04 PM

The Trib Tower and the Wrigley Building make an arresting duo there at the river, no?

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | June 25, 2008 3:04 PM

If you can, go inside one of the lobbies off Michigan Ave, (I don't remember which.) They have old quotes and headlines inlayed on the marble walls. Not as cool as the rocks outside, but still interesting.

Posted by Lobot | June 25, 2008 3:06 PM

Except Sam Zell is far from poor and no one made him buy those newspapers in the first place.

Posted by MvB | June 25, 2008 3:14 PM

! I went to Chicago for a school trip in eighth grade, and I remember seeing a chunk of Mt. St. Helens pumice in the wall of some random building, and thinking it was a fun coincidence, because we were about to move here from Lexington, Kentucky....only today, a dozen years later, do I discover that that was the Tribune building. Hell, at the age of 13, I couldn't have cared less about architecture; we were trying to find the new Virgin Megastore.

Posted by Sarah | June 25, 2008 3:35 PM

That includes the Stranger. I'm sure you know this already. How was that last raise?

Posted by Tick tock | June 25, 2008 3:49 PM

@10. I'm not gloating, you anonymous—read: cowardly—jackass. I'm commiserating. Back off.

Posted by Brendan Kiley | June 25, 2008 5:17 PM

"Back off"? Never. I kinda hit a nerve there with the raise thing, didn't I? Sucks to be you.

Posted by Florida | June 25, 2008 5:32 PM

Maybe they should rent out spaces to independently wealthy bloggers who think they're journalists.

Posted by Trevor | June 25, 2008 6:10 PM

Ah Trib Tower; I walk by the cathedral of commerce every day. It'll probably become a Chipotle.

Posted by Lou | June 25, 2008 7:21 PM

@12. The only nerve you hit was the one frayed by cowards sniping behind pseudonyms. Think you're a tough guy? Give me a call: 206-323-7101.

Posted by Brendan Kiley | June 26, 2008 11:13 AM

I'll give you a jingle tomorrow around 2, Brandon.

Posted by Ain't you the daisy? | June 26, 2008 8:01 PM

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