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Old August 26th, 2010, 12:02 AM   #1
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New York City - The Greatest Architectural Losses

New York City | The Greatest Architectural Losses


Singer Building
1906-1968
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON003.htm




New York Herald Building
1894-1921
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON006.htm




Astor Hotel
1904-1967
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON023.htm



New York World Building
1890-1955
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON007.htm




City Investing Tower
1908-?
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON011.htm




Gillender Building
1896-1910
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON013.htm




Hanover Bank Building
1901-1903
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON014.htm




The Waldorf Astoria
1847-1918
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON017.htm




The Manhattan Hotel
1897-?
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON018.htm




New York Tribune Building
1875-?
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON021.htm




City Hall Post Office
1878-?
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON022.htm




Savoy Hotel
1927-1964
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON024.htm




Charles Schwab Mansion
1901-?
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON032.htm




Manhattan Life Building
1893-1930




Pulitzer Building
1890-1955

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Cornelius Vanberilt II Mansion
1882-?




St. Paul Building
1899-1958
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON012.htm




Pennsylvania Station
1910-1964



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Old August 26th, 2010, 03:37 AM   #2
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cool topic. Please ad pictures of the buildings standing today at those locations.

Why did they demolished so much quite new buildings? Like the "Hanover Bank"-Building.
This one stood for just 2 years..
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Old August 26th, 2010, 03:04 PM   #3
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So sad
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Old August 28th, 2010, 02:45 AM   #4
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Is tragic how they teardown these buildings. I wonder what new buildings replaced them.
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Old August 28th, 2010, 04:13 AM   #5
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ohhh... I have an urge to mourn.

This is a great loss to world architecture.
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Old August 28th, 2010, 04:24 AM   #6
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Please ad pictures of the buildings standing today at those locations.
Good idea! I bet that the new ones are just simple boxes with a reflex glass cladding or some postmodern products.

Pictures are amazing!
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Old August 28th, 2010, 04:24 AM   #7
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Liberty Plaza, previously the location of the Singer Building:

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Old August 28th, 2010, 04:25 AM   #8
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Oh god, the Savoy Hotel.
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Old August 28th, 2010, 06:37 PM   #9
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Added the following to the first post:




Charles Schwab Mansion
1901-?
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON032.htm




Manhattan Life Building
1893-1930

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Old August 28th, 2010, 06:57 PM   #10
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Liberty Plaza, previously the location of the Singer Building:

im probably going to be hated for saying this but imo One Liberty Plaza is a far superior structure to the singer building
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Old August 28th, 2010, 07:10 PM   #11
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I vote for rebuilding the singer building, therefore not necessarily on the original location.
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Old August 28th, 2010, 07:46 PM   #12
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im probably going to be hated for saying this but imo One Liberty Plaza is a far superior structure to the singer building
Yes, you're going to be hated.
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Old August 28th, 2010, 08:00 PM   #13
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Those were indeed some classical gems that should of been left alone.

Speaking of rebuilding. I am curious if they ever even would rebuild such structures, if so, it must be in similar fashion and almost similar material, stone-brick.
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Old August 28th, 2010, 08:05 PM   #14
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Wow, that Charles Schwab Mansion
Amazing...
where was it located?
In the centre of NY?
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Old August 28th, 2010, 08:08 PM   #15
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im probably going to be hated for saying this but imo One Liberty Plaza is a far superior structure to the singer building
Uh, what? OLP is not a bad building by any means, but it's not even the best modern skyscraper in New York. How can you possibly think it's better than the Singer building?
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Old August 29th, 2010, 12:46 AM   #16
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Can anyone tell me WHY someone would demolish such a magnificent building as the Waldorf Astoria?!
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Can anyone tell me WHY someone would demolish such a magnificent building as the Waldorf Astoria?!
The Waldorf Astoria was replaced with none other than..



..The Empire State Building. I'm sure a handful of the buildings shown above were replaced with art deco highrises/skyscrapers. In that case I definitely don't lament their demolition, especially The Waldorf Astoria, which itself was not very unique. I'm sure one can find tons of buildings very similar to it in Europe. A building like the ESB however, can be found in none other than in good o'le New York.
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Old August 29th, 2010, 11:18 AM   #18
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Lot's of losses here....just remember it happens bit by bit so hold onto as much as you can...if it's something special. OK, older buildings are not efficient by today's standards but boutique offices or conversion to apartments would make them viable. That pic of One Liberty Plaza ? I know the building is pretty symmetrical but isn't that pic a mirror image......I see this on sites from time to time but no one seems to see it ?
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Old August 29th, 2010, 01:11 PM   #19
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Europe has much experiences with rebuilding old buildings. Like the schloss in Berlin or the center of Dresden.
I think a city should make up (some of ) the mistakes it made in the past.
And demolishing the singer building was one of them.
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Pulitzer Building
1890-1955

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