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Old April 23rd, 2016, 02:07 AM   #221
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The best chance of rebuilding was / might have the Penn station in New York.

I think it would be easier to finish the Metropolitan Life North Building, according to the old plan. An incredible amount of beautiful buildings were destroyed, it is hard to believe for example City Investing Building.
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Old April 23rd, 2016, 02:32 AM   #222
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Rennert Hotel, Baltimore. Was replaced with a parking garage in 1941.



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Old April 23rd, 2016, 02:35 AM   #223
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Tower Building/Maryland Casualty Building, Baltimore. Demolished in 1984.



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Old April 23rd, 2016, 02:48 AM   #224
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The Pierce-Morse block, San Diego. Demolished in the '50s.





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Old April 23rd, 2016, 11:56 PM   #225
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Rothschild & Brothers Store in Chicago from 1880. The building was designed by Adler and Sullivan and it was demolished in 1972.



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Old April 24th, 2016, 12:07 AM   #226
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Burke Building, Seattle. Demolished in the '1960s and replaced with the Jackson Federal Office Building.



Only the arch around the former entrance was kept.

http://www.balfourbeattyus.com/our-w...-modernization
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Old May 7th, 2016, 02:30 AM   #227
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The Jayne Building in Philadelphia. Completed in 1850 and demolished in 1957 to create the Independence National Historical Park. It was 39 m tall and have been called a "proto-skyscraper".


DOC107/13252 - Jayne Building, Philadelphia, 1849-51 by Marten Kuilman, on Flickr
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Old May 7th, 2016, 03:45 AM   #228
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Lost Charlotte


Egyptian Revival building was a distinctive landmark in Charlotte 1914 - 1987


Charlotte City Hall d. 1925


Southern RR Station Charlotte d. 1962


Carnegie Library Charlotte d. 1975
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Old May 7th, 2016, 04:02 AM   #229
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The Hotel Majestic in Philadelphia:









This hotel was interesting in several ways: First of all, it was an adaptive reuse of some old mansions on North Broad's "Millionaire's Row", and secondly, it was were visiting MLB teams stayed back when the Phillies and Athletics played at Connie Mack Stadium (and the Baker Bowl before that, for the Phils). I.e. all the famous players of the era slept in the Hotel Majestic at some point or another.

The Redevelopment Authority purchased the site and demolished it for ... absolutely nothing. It stayed an empty lot for many years.

Eventually, a gas station and fast food restaurant were built on the site.

Across the street stood the Widener Library. This was traction magnate P.A.B. Widener's city home, and after his death became a branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia:







This building caught fire and burned down in the 1980s, after the Widener Branch had been relocated IIRC.
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Old May 7th, 2016, 04:11 AM   #230
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Lost City...

The entire city of Hartford is less than 19 square miles. A remarkable city that produced Frederick Law Olmsted, JP Morgan, Samuel Colt, Katherine Hepburn, Mark Twain, Harriett Beecher Stowe; the insurance industry...Aetna, Travelers, The Hartford, etc.; Colt and Browning Firearms; Pratt and Whitney aircraft; Underwood and Royal typewriters; Columbia bikes and Pope automobiles... Most of Hartford was destroyed between 1945 and 2000. The story isn't unfamiliar to any American city, but the impact to Hartford was particularly grotesque giving the compactness and size of the city. Today, the struggle to repair the damage continues but the potential -- the Connecticut River, Victorian neighborhoods, Olmsted public parks, and commuter rail to New York City coming soon, bodes well for Hartford's future.

On the left, Hartford in 1945 - on the right, Hartford in the early 1980s.



A view today...

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Old May 7th, 2016, 09:01 AM   #231
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It's so awful to see the pointless destruction of all of these beautiful buildings only to be replaced with big concrete/glass boxes, or even worse, parking lots. The exact same thing has been going on up here in Canada too and it absolutely sickens me. So many gems lost to the wrecking ball...
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Old May 7th, 2016, 09:02 AM   #232
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For those who enjoy New York Architecture as much as I do, here's one of my favorite sites. He explains the history behind many of New York's still-standing historic gems. It's an absolute shame what New York has lost (and is still losing) and I hope the city takes enormous effort to close the Landmarks Preservation Commission backlog.

Here's the site: http://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/
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It's so awful to see the pointless destruction of all of these beautiful buildings only to be replaced with big concrete/glass boxes, or even worse, parking lots. The exact same thing has been going on up here in Canada too and it absolutely sickens me. So many gems lost to the wrecking ball...
Modernism has been a cancer. Concrete commieblocks and cookie-cutter condos now litter way too many North American cities. It's truly sickening imo. My own city, Washington, was a beautiful gem (and still is in most parts). But there are areas that I will not go into because the buildings make me feel physically ill. All of L'Enfant Plaza is now brutalist eyesores with little concern for the urban environment. The buildings look dirty and worn and are made with tons of parking in mind. DHS and the Department of Housing and Urban Development are hideous. Contrast them with the stunning Department of Agriculture and it makes me hate the 1960s and 1970s even more!

At least DC is finally demolishing the worst of them all: The J. Edgar Hoover FBI Headquarters. Bye bye!



Read more about it here: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/...-a6752901.html

And just last month it was announced that the eyesore would be torn down. No replacement could be worse. None!: http://www.bizjournals.com/washingto...s-time-to.html
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One of the few cities in the US that went relatively unscathed was Washington DC.

I have been to over 25 countries in Europe and my mouth still drops when I step inside the Library of Congress. So glad that this city was spared the plight of 'developers'

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Georgetown and Alexandria are still largely untouched colonial gems. And the neo-classical core is landmarked and strongly protected. Most development today is in Downtown (full of ugly buildings anyway which were put up in the 1950/60s and built over 1-3 story mom-and-pop shops). So if those go, I'm happy.

The last big parking lot became Project CityCenter:


And now growth is in NoMA, The Wharf, Navy Yard, Shaw and Waterfront. So the historic core looks safe for the next century at least.
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The Alfred Craven Harrison Building in Philadelphia. Completed in 1895. Demolished in 1969.





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One of the few cities in the US that went relatively unscathed was Washington DC.

I have been to over 25 countries in Europe and my mouth still drops when I step inside the Library of Congress. So glad that this city was spared the plight of 'developers'

Library of Congress:





Georgetown and Alexandria are still largely untouched colonial gems. And the neo-classical core is landmarked and strongly protected. Most development today is in Downtown (full of ugly buildings anyway which were put up in the 1950/60s and built over 1-3 story mom-and-pop shops). So if those go, I'm happy.

The last big parking lot became Project CityCenter:


And now growth is in NoMA, The Wharf, Navy Yard, Shaw and Waterfront. So the historic core looks safe for the next century at least.
Yes, do doubt about it, the Library of Congress is one of the Great Buildings of the World that compares favourably with anything ever built. Washington suffered some damage in the 60's and 70s but far less than most U.S. cities - I just hope the replacement for the J.Edgar Hoover Building is worthy of the city's great classical past and not some modern "gimmick" which will date faster than the latest Pop Idol !
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Old May 8th, 2016, 01:36 AM   #237
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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.
Yes I was thinking exactly the same thing. There are a lot of lost buildings on this thread that were not of any special let alone great architectural merit. As you rightly say, by no means do all the buildings fit your description, there is no argument IMO that the demolition of Penn Station in NYC was the worst example of civic vandalism in the history of the U.S. - one of the World's most important buildings and the greatest transport terminal ever built. Two other major losses also in NYC, were the Biltmore Hotel as it contained an interior of finest quality and design, rarely, if ever, seen in new hotel constructions and the Singer Building as it was such an important example of a very early skyscraper, unique to the U.S.
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Sorry, had to smile when i read this:

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one of the World's most important buildings and the greatest transport terminal ever built.
It sure was a magnificant building and a great loss for the US, but in no way one of the most important buildings or transport terminals in the world.
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Stanford Memorial Church:

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This building was not completely lost, although it did not have its original look. The earthquake destroyed the tower which was not restored:

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Also, the arch at the quad's entrance was demolished:



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Women’s Temple in Chicago (demolished in 1926):

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