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Old December 18th, 2013, 11:33 PM   #21
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The Singer Building, torn down to build the World Trade Center. Another beautiful building that's gone.
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And New York's Old Penn Station in favor of Madison Square Garden.
Actually, the Singer Building (and City Investing Building) were replaced by One Liberty Plaza, formerly the U. S. Steel Building. While a huge loss, it wasn't moronic at the time. With all the increase in awareness for historic preservation over the years, it's insulting how the Drake Hotel and Western Electric Building in Lower Manhattan were destroyed recently for the most unimaginative boxes possible.
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Old December 18th, 2013, 11:33 PM   #22
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Oh I don't understand, what a shame!...
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Old December 19th, 2013, 12:12 AM   #23
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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.
The demolition of NYC's Penn Station, the masterpiece of the famous architects Mc.Kim Mead and White, was IMO the most unforgivable act of vandalism ever to take place in that city. New York has lost many outstanding buildings but Penn Station was unique, the greatest transport terminal ever built and to add insult to injury the New Madison Sq. Garden on the site is just 60's junk.
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Old December 19th, 2013, 01:54 AM   #24
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This thread is classicist rage fodder...
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Old December 20th, 2013, 12:14 PM   #25
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From Melbourne

Equitable Life Assurance Building (308-326 Collins Street). Built in 1896 and designed by New York architect Edward E Rah


http://www.theage.com.au/photogaller...725-22px0.html


Federal Coffee Palace (589 Collins Street). Built in 1888


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Flinders St Fish Market. Built in 1890


http://blog.makedesignedobjects.com/...inders-street/

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The Australian Building. Built in 1889


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Old December 20th, 2013, 03:46 PM   #26
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In São Paulo, Brazil:

Palacete Santa Helena:









Now:







Palacetes Prates:











Now:





Cine Central






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Old December 22nd, 2013, 08:57 PM   #27
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Penn Station

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like a god;
one scuttles in now
like a rat.”- Vincent Scully


Built in 1910









Demolition in the 60s









Today







Possible Future

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Old December 22nd, 2013, 09:54 PM   #28
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very interesting thread. the Bahrain roundabout is a very sad story. Hope it's never forgotten
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Old December 25th, 2013, 12:46 AM   #29
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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.
What exactly did they try to accomplish by this???
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Old December 25th, 2013, 06:57 AM   #30
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In Los Angeles I can think of a few...

The Richfield Tower

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The County Courthouse and Neighboring Hall of Records

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Old December 26th, 2013, 10:32 PM   #31
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Important buildings we lost in 2013

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/nei...ost-2013/7948/
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Old December 26th, 2013, 11:55 PM   #32
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I don't know if it's true, but I've read somewhere that the Bavinger house has been demolished, is it true?

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Old December 29th, 2013, 01:52 AM   #33
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In São Paulo, Brazil:

Palacete Santa Helena:



(...)

Now:



(...)
What was wrong with people? They demolished this beautiful building just to have a completely useless space? Modernists are monsters, murderers of cities.

BTW, that's the most disgusting place of São Paulo, crowded with homeless crack-addicted people (around the water mirror), which is really a shame, as it's also the city's ground zero (the compass in front of São Paulo's cathedral).
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Old December 29th, 2013, 04:06 AM   #34
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The Maison du Peuple in Brussels, by Victor Horta

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The Maison du Peuple (French) or Volkshuis (Dutch) (House of the People) in Brussels, was one of the largest works of Belgian architect Victor Horta, festively opened on 1 April 1899.

In spite of a rather restrictive very irregular building place along a circular square and on a slope, Horta succeeded to construct a building with maximum functionality. The building provided rooms for several aims like offices, coffee shops, shops, meeting rooms and a party hall. The building had been mainly constructed in white iron (more than 600,000 kilogrammes). Fifteen craftsmen worked for eighteen months on the iron work. To make this construction possible, Horta drew no less than 8,500 square meters of plans. The building was completed in 1899 and was considered a master work. Because of the experimental combination of brick, glass and steel this building was considered as an example of modern architecture.

The building was however demolished in 1965, in spite of an international protest movement of over 700 architects (Venice, 1964). This did not change the mind of the mayor of Brussels, Lucien Cooremans, and the building was dismantled entirely with the idea of rebuilding it elsewhere. Instead, the components of the building were scattered in vacant lots around Brussels, and today, everything is irreplaceably lost.

The loss of the Maison du Peuple was part of the trend of Brusselization, where many historic buildings were wantonly replaced by unsightly skyscrapers. The Maison du Peuple itself was replaced by a generic building, built the year immediately after the Maison du Peuple's demolition.

www.jossevandamme.be


www.presidentsmedals.com


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www.delcampe.net


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This is what they replaced it with


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Old December 29th, 2013, 04:36 AM   #35
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The redevelopment of the older Birmingham Central Library definitely counts. Typical misguided, heavy-handed 60s urban renewal, resulting in the demolition of notable Victorian buildings for the sake of vast concrete plazas, anti-pedestrian roadwork, and a Brutalist replacement. People from Boston, MA will find this familiar.













And now the Brutalist replacement is being replaced. Some people might consider that a moronic demolition. If the new library and redevelopment plans weren't so bland, I'd consider it poetic justice.
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Old December 29th, 2013, 05:06 PM   #36
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Modernists are monsters, murderers of cities.
What a disgusting and ignorant comment. Without modernism cities and their infrastructure would still be stuck in the 19th century. Of course some people here would want that. Sure, ignore all the hospitals, schools and transport systems that make a city livable that modernism built and just focus on how they replaced some cumbling old buildings that happened to have some sculptures on them. And simply because you can't see the beauty of clean forms and lines of modenrism, modernists are suddenly monsters who want to ruin cities.

I like classical architecture but seeing comments such as that really makes me despise the classicist mentality.
Here's a mid-century expressionist/brutalist building that was destroyed. No doubt, because it wasn't 'old' enough, it didn't warrant a renovation.
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interior




photo by Nicolas Grospierre



The replacement of the Birmingham Library is indeed a moronic demolition, considering the tacky gold and green mess that replaces it. A power-wash would have made all the difference to the building. The juxtaposition of the modern library with the gothic monument nearby will also be ruined.
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Old December 29th, 2013, 06:37 PM   #37
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oh what a shame to all on this thread. We need a billionaire on this forum.
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Old December 30th, 2013, 04:01 AM   #38
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God, this one in Birmingham...

They should rebuild the original library.


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What a disgusting and ignorant comment. Without modernism cities and their infrastructure would still be stuck in the 19th century. Of course some people here would want that. Sure, ignore all the hospitals, schools and transport systems that make a city livable that modernism built and just focus on how they replaced some cumbling old buildings that happened to have some sculptures on them. And simply because you can't see the beauty of clean forms and lines of modenrism, modernists are suddenly monsters who want to ruin cities.

I like classical architecture but seeing comments such as that really makes me despise the classicist mentality.
Here's a mid-century expressionist/brutalist building that was destroyed. No doubt, because it wasn't 'old' enough, it didn't warrant a renovation.

The replacement of the Birmingham Library is indeed a moronic demolition, considering the tacky gold and green mess that replaces it. A power-wash would have made all the difference to the building. The juxtaposition of the modern library with the gothic monument nearby will also be ruined.
I hope all their trash to be demolished. Vain people who built their crap on top of other generations work. They're nothing but destructive sociopaths, turning beautiful cities into a wasteland.
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Old January 1st, 2014, 08:34 PM   #40
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God, this one in Birmingham...

They should rebuild the original library.


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I hope all their trash to be demolished. Vain people who built their crap on top of other generations work. They're nothing but destructive sociopaths, turning beautiful cities into a wasteland.
You are right about turning once beautiful parts of inner cities into wastelands, we see examples all over the U.K. of how ugly many provincial cities became during the 1960's and 70's and even now some real crap is being created but overall the destruction has been halted and some new builds are very good but still too many cheap and nasty speculative projects, unlike in Berlin where most of the new building is of a very high standard and good design. The photos of old Sao Paulo tell a sad story of how the modern movement after WW2 was responsible for the destruction of many South American cities, Rio de Janeiro probably suffering the worst destruction in Brasil though some fine structures still remain in that city.
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