Piece description from the artist
Wrigley Building – Graham, Anderson, Probst & White – 1921/1924 – Chicago, Illinois
French Renaissance/Spanish Revivial, 450 feet, 30 floors
Designated Chicago Landmark – 2012
The Wrigley Building was built as the corporate headquarters for chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr. It was designed by Chicago's largest, and arguably, most important, architecture firm of the time. Anchoring the brand new Michigan Avenue, construction started while the new Michigan Avenue Bridge was taking shape extending Michigan Boulevard across the Chicago River, spurring new development and extending Chicago's main business district.
The first tower, the South Tower, was completed in 1921 and is adorned by one of the world's most famous clock towers, and the North Tower was completed in 1924. The building was inspired by the Giralda Tower in Seville, Spain and is covered by glazed terra-cotta tiles custom made in England, which are hand-washed and computer monitored. A second aerial walkway was added in 1931 in the Art-Deco style. When complete, it was Chicago's first air-conditioned office building. It is currently finishing renovations after being purchased by investors including Groupon co-founders Eric Lefkofsky & Brad Keywell.
Full Color Digital Print
©2014 – Ashland Thomas
Ashland grew up in Southeast Virginia surrounded by lush rural landscapes, great protected swamp lands, national & state parks, the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore, the breathtaking Skyline Drive & Blue Ridge Mountains, and the inlets & oceans of Virginia & North Carolina.
It was this constant variation in natural beauty that first drew his eye to the camera; that, and the constant joy of capturing life's candid moments on film. Although no particular subject is banned from the lens of Ashland's camera, it is landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife, and nature that truly captures his heart.
"There's always more to see, more to learn, more to be wowed about-I just hope you enjoy what I see in the world."
A constant staple on the likes of Instagram, Flickr, and Facebook, Ashland currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, and looks forward to many more years of development, collaboration, creativity, world travel, and art.
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