Wrigley Building

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Height: Architectural 133.5 m / 438 ft
Height: To Tip 133.5 m / 438 ft
Floors Above Ground 27

Original Companies Involved

• Current Joseph Daniel Mansueto
• Past BDT Capital Partners; Mars Incorporated; William Wrigley Jr. Company; Zeller Realty Group
Developer William Wrigley Jr. Company
Design Graham, Anderson, Probst & White
Other Consultant
• Property Management Newmark Knight Frank; Zeller Realty Group

Retrofit Companies Involved

Developer BDT Capital Partners; Zeller Realty Group
Architect of Record Goettsch Partners
Structural Engineer
Design Klein and Hoffman, Inc.; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc
MEP Engineer
Design Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
Main Contractor Power Construction Company
Other Consultant
• Construction Technology Bluebeam, Inc.
• Preservation MacRostie Historic Advisors LLC

About Wrigley Building

Developed as the headquarters for the William Wrigley Jr. Company, the Wrigley Building was constructed as a two-phase complex, with the taller south tower and its distinctive four-sided clock tower completed in 1921 and the shorter north tower completed in 1924. The façade of the two buildings is composed of approximately 250,000 pieces of glazed terra cotta which vertically transitions through six different colors. The buildings are connected by two skybridges, one at the third floor constructed in conjunction with the north tower and the other added later in 1931 linking the 14th floors for a banking tenant; both of which span across East North Water Street, originally envisioned to be constructed as a two-level street, but later completed in 1957 as an elevated pedestrian plaza.

In July 2013, a full retrofit of the two-building complex was completed with a strong focus on restoration of historic features pursuant to the buildings being declared official City of Chicago Landmarks in 2012.

Other Building Facts

Featured in the 1957 Sci-fi movie, "The Beginning of the End" The building was attacked by giant grasshoppers.

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