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Old June 29th, 2016, 09:56 AM   #401
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Some of those Glasgow buildings were nice, the majority of the bulldozed areas were filthy tenements, overcrowded, many lacking modern facilities or even individual bathrooms and kitchens for each unit. They were slums, that is the only way to describe some of those blocks. Demolishing them was a massive improvement. Those who lived there moved to flats with much better physical infrastructure.
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Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1970s, during demolition. nothing in this set of images survived.
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Old June 29th, 2016, 02:38 PM   #403
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Some of those Glasgow buildings were nice, the majority of the bulldozed areas were filthy tenements, overcrowded, many lacking modern facilities or even individual bathrooms and kitchens for each unit. They were slums, that is the only way to describe some of those blocks. Demolishing them was a massive improvement. Those who lived there moved to flats with much better physical infrastructure.
you are being too simplistic. tenement building in Scotland was effectively ended in 1912 with Lloyd George's budget of that year, so no tenement that survives today was all that great when those images were taken in the 60s and 70s. in fact all of the UK looked like that in those days, from Glasgow tenements to freakin Buckingham Palace, but it was only a layer of soot. the city was demolished by UK government postwar redevelopment schemes backed by US loans and half the citys population decanted to new towns built in the middle of nowhere because they feared they couldnt rely on the city to roll over and play the good little political corgi. what actually stopped the demolition and started the rehabilitation of the citys fabric was a major storm (mini hurricane) that, ironically, caused so much damage that budgets were diverted into repairs. at that time a group of local people formed one of the first housing associations and refurbished tenements themselves. when people realised how easy it was the council and government were forced to stop their comprehensive demolition program and embarked upon rehabilitation. not before half the city was used as rubble to fill our docks in with though and there is no-one mourning the demolition of the slums that replaced the tenements because the replacement was cheap, underfunded, poorly built anti-urban concrete succubus ghettos intended to manage decline. those who lived in the tenements and entire districts that were demolished lamented their loss and its something the city has now spent decades trying to, in some way, replace.

this corner tenement was one of a matching pair, both built to the same spec at the same time


Great Western Road was to be demolished and replaced with an elevated expressway
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The old courthouse

Torn down for the front plaza of this monstrosity


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In Kuala Lumpur, the most moronic demolition ever made in recent times is of the Bok House. A mansion built during the colonial area for a Chinese millionaire.

Here's the Bok House before demolition.

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And here's what happened in 2006. All to make way for a skyscraper hotel.



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Rare color pictures of the demolition of Penn Station:

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a Stalinist building in Ochakovo district, Moscow. 1952-1998



http://ochakovo.livejournal.com/19192.html

An ugly panel was built on the spot of the building
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Dufayel department store - Paris
Said to be the biggest department store in the world at some point.
Built in 1856, closed in 1930 and slowly destroyed part by parts after that.

Dufayel - Paris - General view by Oldimages, sur Flickr

Dufayel - Paris - Galerie principale des caisses - 1913 by Oldimages, sur Flickr

Dufayel - Paris - Galerie centrale ca 1910 by Oldimages, sur Flickr



Dufayel - Paris - façade & dôme by Oldimages, sur Flickr

They did save part of the main entrance's facade (without the dome though):

Les Grands Magasins Dufayel by Jeanne Menjoulet, sur Flickr
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Damn, what an awesome building that would have been today.
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Does anything that Singer built, other than some old sewing machines, survive?
The other Singer building in New York still stands:
http://www.townrealestate.com/images...1672_67083.jpg


And the Singer house in St. Petersburg still stands too:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...use_SPB_01.jpg

And so does the one in Chicago:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...r_Building.JPG
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Dufayel department store - Paris
Said to be the biggest department store in the world at some point.
Built in 1856, closed in 1930 and slowly destroyed part by parts after that.
There's no reason to continue living...
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There's no reason to continue living...
Tell me about it

What really kills me are all the stuff built for the World Fairs at the end of the 19th century and destroyed later on.



Galeries des Machines (1889 World Fair)







1900 World Fair's main entrance





Palais de l'électricité







Trocadéro Palace






In fact, pretty much everything that was built for the World Fairs in general (I'd be curious to see other cities' examples).

Some other examples from Paris:




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Some examples of the many Frenh landmarks destroyed throughout the ages.

Castle of Meudon

Located South-West of Paris, this castle was especially famous for its "hanging gardens".
Turned into some kind of "Republican laboratory" after the French Revolution of 1789.
The experiences conducted there will lead to a fire in 1795 and the castle will never be restored.







A small part wasn't destroyed and was eventually turned into an observatory

Château de Meudon by Jacqueline Poggi, sur Flickr

Castle of Saint-Cloud

This castle was bombared and destroyed during the French-Prussia war of 1870.

Alsmot nothing's left of the castle, that is located just West of Paris and would have had breathtaking views over the city.
The park and gardens did however somewhat saved and are being slowly restored. The great waterfall is spectacular.





There's a private project to rebuild it and make it a hotel but
it will need a strong public backup to ever become true since the domain is owned by the state.

Vue du parc de Saint Cloud by Tomlie Dupha, sur Flickr

Palais des Tuileries

Part of the Louvre Palace, this wing was set on fire by revolutionaries during the 1871 revolution.







Here again some people are advocating for its reconstruction but I really doubt it will ever become true since the cost would be tremendous.

Cluny abbey

Built in succession from the 4th to the early 12th centuries. The earliest basilica was the world's largest church until the St. Peter's Basilica construction began in Rome.
In 1790 during the French Revolution, the abbey was sacked and mostly destroyed, with only a small part of the Abbey surviving.

Today:



At its golden age:



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John D. Rockefeller, Jr. House - Midtown Manhattan, New York City
10 West 54th Street, in existence from 1912 to 1938

With eight floors and a height of 102 ft (31 m), this was the tallest private home ever built in New York City, and possibly the world. It was designed by William Welles Bosworth. After John D. Rockefeller, Jr. moved to 740 Park Avenue in 1936, the house was torn down to make way for the sculpture garden of the Museum of Modern Art.

I couldn't find an appropriate thread for this, but I thought it was a fairly unique building, so I decided to post it here. I am asking this right now: If the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. House still existed today, what would have become of it?



More info at "Daytonian in Manhattan" blog.
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I am asking this right now: If the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. House still existed today, what would have become of it?
A super thin 500m building would be built right in the middle of it and the old building would be used as a 3 star restaurant
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