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Old May 31st, 2017, 11:58 PM   #301
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Also for open plazas

The Ambassador Building - St. Louis, MO
Build: 1926, Demolished: 1996



The auditorium:

http://www.davidandnoelle.net/moviehistory.htm

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http://vanishingstl.blogspot.nl/2007...lding.html?m=1

Demolished for this: a " beautiful"open plaza before the Mercantile building, that stood there before the demolition for 20 years or so.

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Old June 1st, 2017, 05:09 AM   #302
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Old July 4th, 2017, 04:26 AM   #303
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Oak Tower, Kansas City Missouri

This isn't a demolition, but a cover up courtesy of my hometown.

Formerly the Bell Telephone Building, this skyscraper was finished in 1920 as a 14 story office building in the Gothic Revival style. It looked like this...



In the late 20's, it became too small for Southwestern Bell's operations, so it was extended upward 14 more stories. Here's the addition under construction...



The addition was made out of Haydite, a recently invented lightweight concrete, and continued the building's Gothic motifs.




In the 70's, it was covered in stucco in an effort to modernize it. The insides of the arches were painted yellow. That's it on the left.



At some point the bottom three floors where restored and the yellow was done away with. It gives me hope that the rest could be restored at some point. Here's the building today.





I've been told by a worker in the building that the entrance canopy was removed during the 70's renovation and thrown in a junkyard for many years until it was retrieved by the next owner, who had seen it in an old picture and ordered for it to be found and reattached.

Only one room of the building has retained it's original decor. They have a few artifacts related to the building there.
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Old July 9th, 2017, 06:49 AM   #304
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Sometimes all is not lost. The Schofield Building in Cleveland:

Then (mid-20th Century modernized office building):



Now (almost as good as new Kimpton Hotel):

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Old July 11th, 2017, 02:49 AM   #305
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Hey Dougal thanks for posting that one. It was a nice break from seeing all that we have lost!
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Old July 12th, 2017, 05:23 PM   #306
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Hey Dougal thanks for posting that one. It was a nice break from seeing all that we have lost!
My pleasure. That restoration took *years* to accomplish because it was hard to find a lender who "believed" in it. The only original detail missing is an elaborate clock originally installed at the curve of the roof.

Cleveland, no longer Ohio's biggest city, is nevertheless the biggest participant in the state's historic preservation program: nearly 300 projects completed almost all of which have been aesthetically and financially successful.
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Old July 14th, 2017, 01:44 AM   #307
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Preservation is good for business!
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Old July 14th, 2017, 04:45 AM   #308
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Saint Louis is a shitstain today. Who would have thought that destroying your history for parking lots and brutalist commieblocks would come back to bite you?
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Stewart & Company Store: Fifth Avenue, New York City



"With 12 stories of severe, almost unornamented limestone climbing to a ziggurat
of setbacks, the Stewart store was the antithesis of the conventional 1928
Bergdorf Goodman one block north. Plain as the building might be, the entrance
was like a spilled casket of gems: platinum, bronze, hammered aluminum, orange
and yellow faience, and tinted glass backlighted at night. In 1929 American
Architect magazine called it 'a sparkling jewel in keeping with the character of the
store.'

At the very top of the facade were limestone relief panels of two nearly naked women
brandishing large scarves, as if dancing. The architects were Whitney Warren and
Charles Wetmore, super-traditional Beaux-Arts designers of mansions and clubs — a
puzzling choice for a such an outré building. In time the reliefs would become a Bonwit
Teller signature." - New York Times













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Looking at the cityscape in the background the city seems to have suffered terribly.
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Looking at the cityscape in the background the city seems to have suffered terribly.
It really did. Thankfully, downtown is experiencing a sort of renaissance that's preserving what still exists and filling back in the vacant lots. The city is really starting to shine, literally and metaphorically.
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Many beautiful buildings have been demolished but the United States is a country that still has many beautiful architecture.
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Old September 4th, 2017, 09:07 AM   #314
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Old November 14th, 2017, 02:43 AM   #315
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Don't hate me. I love old buildings but that one is pretty damn ugly. Maybe if you got rid of the first six floors at the bottom.
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Old November 17th, 2017, 07:43 AM   #316
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Agreed. The top is nice, but the architect seemingly took a lot of liberties with the geometry of the windows. It looks like someone mounted a classical victorian building on top of a modernist one.
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Old November 17th, 2017, 09:35 AM   #317
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The old Waldorf Astoria in New York. Built in 1893.

https://ephemeralnewyork.files.wordp...streetview.jpg

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...restaurant.jpg
Demolished in 1929 to make way for this:

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Old November 23rd, 2017, 01:39 AM   #318
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Majestic Building (1896-1962)
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Old November 24th, 2017, 10:20 PM   #319
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This one is one of the most disturbing images to me being that it was demolished in 2004. I am old enough (63) That I can remember the 1960s mentality than anything new was better than anything. Now we look back at what was lost with great regret. But then to see in 2004 that a classic building was replaced with that is inexplicable. So much for people being enlightened nowadays.
Yes I entirely agree. Demolished in 2004 seems unbelievable! Many losses in the U.S. have been buildings of not any great merit but of course there are also many notable exceptions to this (Penn Station being the most obvious) and here we had a building of what appears to be of exceptional quality for something totally bland and boring. What the hell were they thinking?
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