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Architecture of The Wrigley Building

The Wrigley Building was designed by Charles Beersman, lead architect for Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, a successor to Daniel Burnham’s legendary practice. Beersman’s design fuses French Renaissance and Spanish Revival styles with an American twist. The clock tower was inspired by La Giralda, built as a minaret and later incorporated into Spain’s Seville Cathedral.

Travel & Leisure Magazine named The Wrigley Building one of the world’s most beautiful clock towers. The Wrigley Building is proud to be in company with the thirteen other exceptional towers, such as Big Ben in London, the Limoges Train Station Clock in France, the Old Town Hall Tower in Prague, and the Ferry Building Clock Tower in San Francisco.

Extraordinary care went into every detail of The Wrigley Building.  During 2012-2013, The Wrigley Building was comprehensively rehabilitated to create modern office and retail space and to further enhance the iconic façade, including extensive renovation of the plaza between the towers.  The renovated main lobbies are marble clad and incorporate historic bronze features such as the highly detailed entrances, elevator doors, light fixtures, and lobby clocks.

At night, floodlights illuminate The Wrigley Building as they have done since 1921, with only a few breaks for war, replacement and energy conservation.  Always in the spotlight, The Wrigley Building stands as a beacon for the City of Big Shoulders.

“London has Big Ben, Paris has the Eiffel Tower, and Chicago has the Wrigley Building.” – Architectural historian Sally A. Kitt Chappell, AIA Guide to Chicago