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Old April 18th, 2016, 12:10 AM   #201
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The Pabst Building in Milwaukee. Demolished in 1981.




And replaced with this.
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Old April 18th, 2016, 10:49 AM   #202
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It is a nice building considering the fact that demolished historicist skyscrapers used to be replaced by nondescript steel and concrete boxes; fortunately, a nice postmodern skyscraper was constructed instead of a lost masterpiece. Actually, it is not that often that a serious architectural lost is balanced by something equivalent or at least something reminding of the original building.
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Old April 19th, 2016, 01:07 PM   #203
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Call for a reconstruction of the Old Pennsylvania Station (torn down in 1963)

When looking at the plans for New York's Penn Station overhaul, nostalgic feelings kick in again and again. It's all nice and sleek, truly modern, but where's the soul...

Bring back the Grand Old Penn, goddammit! NY owes this to the world of architecture.




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Old April 19th, 2016, 03:17 PM   #204
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The Commercial Cable Company building in New York. Built in 1897, demolished in 1954

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Old April 19th, 2016, 03:42 PM   #205
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Carnegie Building, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
external spiral staircase during demolition in 1952
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Old April 19th, 2016, 11:03 PM   #206
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International Savings & Exchange Bank Building in Los Angeles. Demolished in 1954 after it got sandwiched in between the LA City Hall and the Main Post Office.



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The Gillender Building in New York. This must surely be some kind of record for the shortest lived skyscraper? It was built in 1897 and was among the highest buildings in the city at the time. The building was demolished as early as 1910!

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Old April 19th, 2016, 11:22 PM   #208
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Columbus Memorial Building, Chicago. Built in 1893, demolished in 1959.


Columbus Memorial Building - Chicago, Illinois by [email protected] Jordan Smith, on Flickr

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I don't get why such an impressive and lavish edifices were destroyed. US cities, unlike European ones, have still a lot of space, even in the city centers or just next to them. In NYC, Manhattan the neighbouring 'districts' to Downtown have often plain, low-height buildings. Isn't better to extend the downtown with new buildings, rather than replace the old ones? Anyway, it's shame.. Moreover, it's cutting off an interesting and proud part of US history..
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Public Library of Cincinnati, 1874-1955
























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Old April 20th, 2016, 10:26 AM   #211
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Broad Street Station (Philadelphia). Demolished in 1953

https://wall.alphacoders.com


http://www.phawker.com


https://thesepiatownblog.wordpress.com


http://hiddencityphila.org


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The Chicago Federal Building (demolished in 1965)

http://www.urbansplatter.com


http://www.cera-chicago.org/source


https://www.tumblr.com

Inside the rotunda:

http://themanonfive.com


https://chuckmanchicagonostalgia.wordpress.com

Demolition:

http://chicagopast.com
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Old April 20th, 2016, 04:45 PM   #213
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Probably an unpopular opinion, but many of the structures showed in this thread were out of proportions, overscaled and were a rather bizarre mixture of historical styles that resulted in buildings that clearly lacked integrity. We're keen on laughing at how the Eastern European or Middle-Eastern millionaires try to copy historical styles, so why should we praise exactly the same architectural abominations from the 19th and early 20th century US? Please bear with me, I'm not saying that all buildings showed in this thread fit this description or that their replacement is any better.
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Old April 20th, 2016, 05:32 PM   #214
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Probably an unpopular opinion, but many of the structures showed in this thread were out of proportions, overscaled and were a rather bizarre mixture of historical styles that resulted in buildings that clearly lacked integrity. We're keen on laughing at how the Eastern European or Middle-Eastern millionaires try to copy historical styles, so why should we praise exactly the same architectural abominations from the 19th and early 20th century US? Please bear with me, I'm not saying that all buildings showed in this thread fit this description or that their replacement is any better.
i hear what you're saying depends what you mean by 'integrity'. as an example, you could hardly call the Palace of Westminster/Houses of Parliament a building of gothic integrity in the truest sense as while it is a beautiful piece of architecture and employs many different architectural devices successfully (and the the most modern technology of the time, albeit somewhat unsuccessfully) it was built in the 19th century. what i suspect you mean is 'doesn't fit with with the prevailing academic paradigm of what artistic expression is fashionable' or 'things i like'. have you ever heard the expression 'throwing the baby out with the bath water'?
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Probably an unpopular opinion, but many of the structures showed in this thread were out of proportions, overscaled and were a rather bizarre mixture of historical styles that resulted in buildings that clearly lacked integrity. We're keen on laughing at how the Eastern European or Middle-Eastern millionaires try to copy historical styles, so why should we praise exactly the same architectural abominations from the 19th and early 20th century US? Please bear with me, I'm not saying that all buildings showed in this thread fit this description or that their replacement is any better.
You maybe are but I'm not. What I do find often funny with the aforementioned buildings are their choice of materials (especially the horrible blue windows they often use) and the weird proportions of individual design elements, and even so I'm still not sure I find the building any worse than many modern designs that gets built in "the west". Regardless I have absolutely no problem with the concept of copying architectural styles from other places itself.
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Eclectic architecture was laughed at in the 20th century a lot, but I think we're over that.
Many such buildings are immensely successful if they survived until today. And frankly I miss these excesses in different styles, ornaments, figurines, plaster and other architectural details to marvel at.

One of the rather few examples with strange proportions and style mixes in this thread is the highly eclectic Milwaukee Pabst Building shown in post #201. But even this one has its integrity and charme I'd say, I'd rather have seen it kept than replaced. Though the postmodern replacement is quite successful and an icon in itself, but they could have built it elsewhere downtown, there's so much open space and nondescript stuff (storehouses, parking lots, cheapish lowrises, wooden huts etc.) in US cities...
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I don't get why such an impressive and lavish edifices were destroyed. US cities, unlike European ones, have still a lot of space, even in the city centers or just next to them. In NYC, Manhattan the neighbouring 'districts' to Downtown have often plain, low-height buildings. Isn't better to extend the downtown with new buildings, rather than replace the old ones? Anyway, it's shame.. Moreover, it's cutting off an interesting and proud part of US history..
This is one of the most depressive themes, next to no built visions.
You're absolutely right, now before napsiałem another topic. The main reasons are three: capitalism (greedy), modernism (ugly), idiotism (of course) .

The worst part is that this crazy era of the destruction of the beautiful historic buildings is continues (in the US and other countries), and should never have happened, or at least after the advent of postmodernism should end. There is no point in destroying pięnych old buildings and replacing them with neo-historical buildings, it is as if White House to replace the white barrack .

I hope that those responsible for this will sit in the worst place in hell!
We Need Rebuild all this!
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Probably an unpopular opinion, but many of the structures showed in this thread were out of proportions, overscaled and were a rather bizarre mixture of historical styles that resulted in buildings that clearly lacked integrity. We're keen on laughing at how the Eastern European or Middle-Eastern millionaires try to copy historical styles, so why should we praise exactly the same architectural abominations from the 19th and early 20th century US?
Unfortunately, this is a very widespread view on historicist architecture. For me 1880-1914 architecture symbolizes the synergy of technological progress and art, and embodies the era of rapid development of science, industry, economy, which results in the growth of national self-consciousness in the world's leading countries and in the growth of interest to national styles.
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I think that since the reconstruction of many lost masterpieces of eclectic architecture is not possible at the moment, we may rely on the virtual reality technologies, which (thanks to 3D-modelling) take us to the past , where we can admire this lost beauty...
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Old April 21st, 2016, 09:51 AM   #219
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Minneapolis's lost architectural treasures:
The Metropolitan Building (demolished in 1961):

http://www.lileks.com

Demolition:

http://www.startribune.com

The Globe building (demolished in 1958):

http://www.lileks.com

The New York Life building (demolished in 1958):

http://www.lileks.com

and the old Minneapolis Post Office (demolished in 1961):

http://www.lileks.com


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Old April 21st, 2016, 10:54 AM   #220
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damn awesome buildings, this almost made me sad
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