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Old May 21st, 2009, 10:36 PM   #101
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 12:07 AM   #102
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West side John, i have some more pics of the Guaranty/Prudential Building i took last month. It is Buffalo's first real scraper and is stunning. I will post more about it when i find the pics on the pc.
Also, if you go in, the guys at reception will give you a printed page relating the story of the building.
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 07:32 AM   #103
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 05:05 PM   #104
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All of the classical skyscrapers that I can think of have already been covered here. Would it be alright if I included a few that no longer stand?

First, here is another image of one you saw earlier on in the thread and stills stands today:

The TRINITY AND U.S. REALTY BUILDINGS, Francis H. Kimball, New York, 1904-1907.
(nyc-architecture.com)



The following three buildings have long since been demolished, but I feel qualified as classic:

GILLENDER BUILDING, C. Berg and E.H. Clark, New York, 1896-97
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Burnham and Root, Masonic temple Chicago, 1891-92
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SINGER BUILDING, Ernest Flagg, New York, 1908
It was the world's tallest building from 1908 to 1909 and had stood on the same street as the Trinity and U.S. Realty buildings seen above, which you can see on the far left of the photograph.
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 06:15 PM   #105
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Thanks William, I was about to add some lost skyscrapers of NYC as well. The Singer really is a sad loss. Especially if you consider what kind of bland box replaced it


The wonderful highrise at the back of the Singer was demolished as well, btw.
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 06:55 PM   #106
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Thank you erbse, I have just discovered another thread where you had already posted the same image of the Singer Building. (Voluntarily Demolished Skyscrapers)
For anyone who wishes to appreciate the finer details of the Singer Building have a look here:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=25570162

It will also be found in another similar thread to this one, going under the name 'Classic American skyscrapers'
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=800908


Here follows a classic skyscraper from my hometown of Waco, Texas.

The 'Alico' building stands 21 stories tall and was constructed in 1910 by architect Roy Lane. At the time of its completion it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. As a testament of its structural integrity the Alico withstood a direct hit from an F5 tornado in 1953 that almost completely destroyed downtown Waco. This twister killed 114 people in other buildings that were not so well built.

Front view.
Notice the very ugly addition at the bottom, put there in the 1960s in a misguided attempt to update the classic aspect of the building. A lot of people here (myself in particular) want this blight removed, but the city has said that it would cost over a million dollars to remove it because of asbestos problems.
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Here is a photograph of the upper floors. It gives you an idea of the classic details that the 1960s addition completely covered down below.
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One more view of the Alico along with the "improvement" from the 1960s.
(flickr-Cameron Talley)

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Old May 23rd, 2009, 07:00 PM   #107
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Damn, that sucks I actually can't think of anything similar. Only some Buffalo skyscraper I passed that had some strange modernist addition to its base, but this Waco case seems unique somehow.

Who's the tenant now? Anyone thinking about an extensive renovation & reconstruction of the cladding? (Well, it actually looks recently renovated..) Or could this be done through funds, PPP, etc.?
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 07:23 PM   #108
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i love NYC´s skyscrapers!!!!!
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 07:30 PM   #109
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erbse,
Once the cost of the asbestos removal had been announced there have been no further appeals. I am hoping that some company will agree to do the job out of respect for the building’s history. But, when you are looking at a one million dollar profit I doubt there will be anyone willing to do it for a fraction of the overall cost.
The Alico is now mostly empty. In an attempt to raise money the American Amicable company have offered rental arrangements for anyone wishing to start or transfer a business. Entire floors are available for very inexpensive rates.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 05:43 AM   #110
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In Columbia, SC we have several pre-depression highrises.

This is the 17 story Palmetto Building (1912) during its renovation to become a Sheraton Boutique Hotel. There is a bar on its rooftop now, which has wonderful views.



In the middle between 2 newer highrises just before opening as a Sheraton.



The entrance, a full daytime photo and some oldies.







The Arcade Mall - South Carolina's first indoor mall (1903)



The red brick building is the 1903 Barringer Building, which is now apartments.



These 2 photos are courtesy of Capital Places:





The first building on the right is the 1911 American Sentinel Life Building. I'm searching for better photos as the street was closed for construction during these 2 photos.



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Old May 26th, 2009, 01:55 AM   #111
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Old May 29th, 2009, 06:01 PM   #112
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^ Amazing streetscape.
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Old June 2nd, 2009, 12:52 PM   #115
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The Telefonica Building in the background eh. One of the most amazing European skyscrapers ever built.

Madrid has another classical one, just can't think of the name right now. Anyone else?
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Old June 5th, 2009, 11:28 PM   #116
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The 'Witte Huis' in Rotterdam has already been posted on the previous page, bur Rotterdam has another classical 'skyscraper'. This building, the 'GEB-Gebouw' (Gemeentelijk Energiebedrijf Gebouw, loosely translated as 'City Energy Company Building'), was built from 1927-1931. It also survived Rotterdam's bombing in 1940, because it's location was just outside the fire.
Today, the GEB doesn't exist anymore and building has been turned into student housing several years ago;


from www.wonen.rotterdam.nl (a city's site)

It's funny to me, that these two Rotterdam buildings, especially the 'Witte Huis', built in 1897, actually outdate many of the 'real' and famous classical skyscrapers in New York, Chicago etcetera. (except the Pharos Lighthouse obviously...)

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Another fun fact about the Witte Huis;
Besides being Europe's first skyscraper and tallest office building at the time at 43 meters, as said previously, the building is supported by no less than 1000 foundation piles () while it's footprint is no larger than 20x20 meters.
This is mainly because of the method of construction, which is entirely masonry instead of the iron and steel construction used in the USA at the time. Because of this the basement level has supporting walls of over 1 meter thick!
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Old June 6th, 2009, 08:00 AM   #117
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very pretty , I want to tour ? greatly ,
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Old June 7th, 2009, 01:42 AM   #118
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KBC-Tower or 'Boerentoren' in the city center of Antwerp, Belgium.
97 meter high, built between 1929 and 1931.
One of the oldest European skyscrapers.







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Old July 22nd, 2009, 01:34 PM   #119
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How is the KBC used today, btw? I heard it was almost vacant for quite some time.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 05:52 AM   #120
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Woolworth Building, NYC


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