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Old December 5th, 2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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Most Moronic Demolitions of Architecture

What buildings have demolished that can not be replaced and should have never been leveled?
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Old December 5th, 2013, 06:53 PM   #2
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The Pearl Roundabout of Bahrain

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The Pearl monument was destroyed by the government of Bahrain during its crackdown against the peaceful demonstrators in spring 2011. Undoubtedly one of the most childish and moronic acts ever taken by any regime from around the World.
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Old December 5th, 2013, 07:15 PM   #3
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De Utrecht, insurance company HQ, Utrecht

a nice Jugendstil building





demolition in 1974



for an ugly building, part of Hoog Chagrijne shopping and office complex
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Old December 5th, 2013, 07:19 PM   #4
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La Maison Rouge, hotel, Strasbourg







demolished in 1973 for a shopping complex

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Old December 5th, 2013, 07:27 PM   #5
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The Destruction of Afghanistan's Buddha Statue by the Taliban in 2001

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Old December 5th, 2013, 07:53 PM   #6
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In Chicago there are a LOT to choose from. I would go with the

Chicago Federal Building though.




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Federal_Building
The Chicago Federal Building in Chicago, Illinois was constructed between 1898 and 1905 for the purpose of housing the midwest's federal courts, main post office, and other government bureaus. It stood in The Loop neighborhood on a block bounded by Dearborn, Adams and Clark Streets and Jackson Boulevard. The site held an 1880 post office, courthouse and customhouse which was cleared to make way for the new building.[1] The building was demolished in 1965 and replaced with the Kluczynski Federal Building.........

After construction was complete, more than $2,000,000 remained for interior decoration of the Chicago Federal Building.[4] The four wings met under the dome to form an octagonal rotunda, inspired by Imperial Roman architecture, that was open to the ninth floor.[6] The rotunda's 100 ft (30 m) diameter made it larger than that of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C
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The interior details were accented with terra cotta and scagliola. Doors were oak with brass hardware and "US" molded into doorknobs. Mahogany was used in courtrooms and other offices. Marble from Tennessee, Vermont, Maine and Italy was used in corridor floors, wainscoting and stairways. Floors in the rotunda were marble accented with mosaic tile while railings and elevator grilles throughout the building were wrought iron. Ceilings were framed by egg-and-dart mouldings. The four courtrooms on the sixth floor contained a series of murals depicting historical moments in the development of law


Replaced by the Kluczynski Federal Building by Mies van der Rohe. Nice yet I would still much rather have the Old Federal building back.

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Old December 5th, 2013, 08:06 PM   #7
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Anything demolished for a parking lot or an empty field.
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Old December 7th, 2013, 12:23 AM   #8
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What about this one?

"Palácio de Cristal" (Crystal Palace) in Oporto, Portugal:

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Then an UFO has landed and crushed it:

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Old December 7th, 2013, 12:31 AM   #9
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In Chicago there are a LOT to choose from. I would go with the

Chicago Federal Building though.
It's a shame.
It was a very beautiful building.
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The ones that replaced it are also beautiful.
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Old December 7th, 2013, 11:33 PM   #11
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Depressing thread
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Old December 8th, 2013, 12:53 AM   #12
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Palacio de Ripalda (Valencia, Spain), before and after.



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Old December 11th, 2013, 08:14 PM   #13
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In the Philippines, there are a lot, especially in Manila.

Jai Alai Building, Manila

Designed by American Welton Beckett, who also designed the Capitol Records Building in Los Angeles. The Jai Alai was considered as one of the finest art deco buildings in all of Asia. It survived the bombings during the Battle of Manila in 1945, the fiercest urban warfare in the Pacific theatre, but it did not survive in 2000 as it was demolished upon the orders of the Mayor of Manila, which ironically was an architect by profession.

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Now:



Old Meralco (Manila Electric Railway and Light Co.) Head Office, Manila

Designed by Juan Arellano, one of the most prominent architects in the Philippines during the first half of the 20th century, the Meralco Building was one of the city's art deco structures. One of the important features of the building was the 9.5-meter tall bas relief called "Furies", sculpted by Italian expatriate Francesco Riccardo Monti. The building survived the Battle of Manila, but in later years, it was abandoned until recently, a real estate developer purchased the lot to be turned into a condominium. (rumors say that it would be turned into a McDonald's outlet). This year, the developers recast the "Furies" and destroyed the original after.

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Old December 13th, 2013, 12:21 AM   #14
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Palácio Monroe
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The Palácio Monroe was a monumental hall in the Centro neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was originally built in St. Louis to act as the Brazilian Pavilion during the 1904 World's Fair. Following the World's Fair, the building was dismantled and transported in cargo ships to Rio de Janeiro, where it was rebuilt in 1906. Its grand opening at the 3rd Pan-American Conference was held on July 23, 1906. From 1914 to 1920, the palace was used as the home of the Brazilian Congress. From 1925 to 1960 it was used as home to the Brazilian Senate. On October 11, 1975, the Brazilian president Ernesto Geisel authorised the building's demolition. The decision was contrary to the Rio de Janeiro State's decision declaring the building an Official Landmark in 1974.



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why??????????
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why??????????
The exactly reason only Ernesto Geisel could say, the "President" under military dictatorship which authorized the building's demolition.

Some say Geisel was moved by a really vain reason, he hated Francisco Marcelino de Souza Aguiar's son, the Monroe's architect. When Geisel became President, he implemented a revenge: destroying the building.

Besides all this, Palácio Monroe was extremely symbolic since the beginning until the end. Built to political power and destroyed by a dictator, for sure this building can represent Brazil a lot more than World's Fair could presume.
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What buildings have demolished that can not be replaced and should have never been leveled?
Almost all of Ploiesti, Romania city center (over 90%) and all of Campinii Avenue known today as Republicii avenue, and full commie blocks.
It had a lot of houses and buildings built before 1900 and in the interwar period that had beautiful architecture.
For example this beauty here:
The Central Bank headqaurters in the old city center known as the "Little Louvre" for its french inspired facade, affected by the 1977 earthquake and a "good" reason for the "enlightened" commie minds to demolish it:

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Old December 18th, 2013, 02:33 AM   #18
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In Constanta damaged old buildings are just left to fall apart because there is no money to renovate them, but they are not demolished. Sadly it's a waste of space to keep them because many are irrepairable.
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Old December 18th, 2013, 08:01 PM   #19
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W. G. Low House by McKim



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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...lding_crop.jpg
The Singer Building, torn down to build the World Trade Center. Another beautiful building that's gone.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...6/NYP_LOC2.jpg
And New York's Old Penn Station in favor of Madison Square Garden.
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