^Now that you mention it I do recall seeing a proposal for multiple towers on that site. I would like to know whether or not these additional spawn were axed prior to the building of the tower we have now or not. The elongated entry arcade seems to suggest that they were canceled prior to the original getting built, but perhaps this entrance was to be used for all three towers.
Originally Posted by Ch.G, Ch.G
It's kind of mind-boggling to think this was produced from roughly the same era as 333 Wacker. I do think NBC compares the most favorably to all the towers cited above, though. The (obvious) references to Tribune (heretofore unmentioned?) dilute your argument, Jibba, that it's merely a caricature of GE. Overall I find it pretty benign, and actually pleasing in the wake of Park Tower and the Elysian.
And AT&T? Blech! No thanks. It looks like a taser.
My dislike for NBC doesn't entirely hinge on the allusions to GE in its design and the failure of those allusions in their inception. There are certainly other aspects about the design to dislike (including the aforementioned proportions and ornament placement), but the point I was making about its pretentious and failed attempt at a graceful Deco tower sums up its downsides for me nicely.
For whatever reason I see no reminiscence of Tribune Tower in the design, although I will admit that my comparisons of NBC and GE stem from analyses that are slightly more pondering than knee-jerk: perhaps if I took a closer look visual relationships with Tribune would be revealed. Within which particular aspects of each design do you find a resemblance and/or a similar approach?
Also, do you really find NBC to be of higher aesthetic value than AT&T et al.? Not that there is anything wrong with that if you do, but it would run counter to what I have thus-far inferred about your taste (although I know you harbor a strong dislike for Lagrange's Gold Coast work [as do I]).