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Old July 4th, 2011, 03:39 PM   #481
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Now the Frisian town of Emden
Indeed, that's a heavy loss. Especially sad is that they didn't reconstruct the town hall, but instead have gone for some... New interpretation of the 50s. Well, it's quite ok, but not half as artistically sophisticated. But at least it was picked up in its overall appearance.

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Old July 4th, 2011, 03:50 PM   #482
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Old July 4th, 2011, 04:27 PM   #483
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Viewing these images -- and thinking about the loss -- reminds me of what we lost in the United States. In this country, we destroyed our cities all by ourselves. I think (?) it makes for a good comparison...it inspires me to appreciate what we've lost but also, the hard work that Germany's put into rebuilding.

Boston before the interstate freeway and urban renewal:

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Pennsylvania Station, NYC before it was destroyed...







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Old July 4th, 2011, 06:37 PM   #484
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Aerial views of Berlin, 1920s. Enjoy!
It was enjoyable, but also painful.
Each time I see pre-war photographs of Berlin, this thought comes through my mind that the city must have looked very similar to Paris.
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Old July 4th, 2011, 06:48 PM   #485
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It was enjoyable, but also painful.
Each time I see pre-war photographs of Berlin this thought comes through my mind that the city must have looked very similar to Paris.
Actually contemporary German reports don't rate Berlin that high. It was a dynamic, wild city that never slept, but architecturally Berlin was never described as a beauty. There are quite a few nasty quotes about Berlin by prominent writers like Tucholsky.
And if you know the pics of Hitler in Paris you see that he admired the city quite a lot. Paris was still something else.

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Well, Berlin was more diverse, changed a lot more by the time than Paris. Which is even more true today. But Berlin also had its royally planned, uniform and appealing places, like the Forum Fridericianum, Gendarmenmarkt and the Spreeinsel.
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Augsburg, the rich Fugger town full of baroque and Renaissance houses, also suffered badly during the war. Large parts of the historic old town were destroyed.


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Old July 4th, 2011, 08:02 PM   #489
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Pennsylvania Station, NYC before it was destroyed...
The destruction of Penn Station was probably the greatest loss in NYC history regarding architecture. It reminds me of all the.train stations, not only in Berlin, but in all Germany, that were replaced with disgusting, modernist buildings (the only exception to this being, in my opinion, the Berliner Hauptbahnhof).
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Köln, Hauptbahnhof



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Bahnhof Hamburg-Altona, Hamburg


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Hauptbahnhof, Dortmund


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Adjacent to the main building were the Ringbahn station, at the eastern side, and the Wannseebahnhof, at the western side. Here, the Ringbahnhof.


Stettiner Bahnhof



Vorortbahnhof


Lehrter Bahnhof


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Really great images everyone, keep it up!


More of old Cologne / Köln:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1411922
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Potsdam, the capital of Prussia, was partly destroyed too. The typical two-storeyed houses gave Potsdam this distinctive modest, noble and truly Prussian look... well, before Prussia became megalomaniac.









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Amazing photos!
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Amazing photos but this thread just makes me sad.
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Ducal brewery in Braunschweig, probably from the late 16/17th century.


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Ducal brewery in Braunschweig, probably from the late 16/17th century.

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Please tell me this building was not destroyed?

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GFM -- Great work on your blog, by the way. Really excellent work. Thank you!
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Please tell me this building was not destroyed?
Doesn't exist anymore, like most of the old town of Braunschweig.
House from 1470 in Braunschweig:



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Königsberg, now Kaliningrad in Russia. Completely gone of course. While not really a beauty a sad loss nevertheless... especially for the history of Prussia.


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The last reminiscences of Königsberg in today's Germany are culinary. Königsberger Klopse, a popular dish


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and Königsberger Marzipan, which is less sweet than the more famous Marzipan from Lübeck. Most producers from Königsberg still exist.


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Wow...the Berlin pictures...leave me kinda speechless... The city was so massive! No wonder, it was one of the biggest cities in the world in the 1920s.
But it's beyond my grasp, that such an urban Behemoth could be destroyed so much to a point, that you today barely recognize it. The post war city planners (in the east and the west) must have been the most ruthless you could ever imagine.
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