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Old March 26th, 2007, 09:03 PM   #1
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Lost gems

Five minutes on this site and you see that there are thousands of marvellous buildings around the world. However, a lot of architectural gems have been torn down, destroyed,... Show us some lost beauties of your country!

Here are two that had to make way for "progress" in Belgium...

The 'maison du peuple', Horta's art nouveau masterpiece (1899), was demolished in 1965, despite international protest...


The hippodrome (1903) in Antwerp, demolished in 1973

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Old March 27th, 2007, 04:41 PM   #2
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Turnul Colţei (also Turnul Colţea or Colţii) was a tower located in Bucharest, Wallachia, now in Romania. Having a height of 50 metres, it was the highest building in the city for more than a century. Its initial purpose was to be used as a bell tower its 1,700 kg bell, was moved to the Sinaia Monastery after the tower was demolished. Its was also meant to serve as a watch tower.

The tower was named after Vornic Colţea Doicescu. His brother, Udrea Doicesu, built a small wooden church on the plot near the tower; after he was assassinated, the church and the land next to it were inherited by Colţea, who donated them to the Orthodox Church. The Church sold the patch of land near the church to Spătar Mihai Cantacuzino, who, in 1701, used it as the location for the first hospital in Wallachia, the Colţei Hospital, and also decided to build a tower.

The tower was built between 1709 and 1714, its construction being assisted by the Swedish soldiers of the army of King Charles XII, who had fled to Wallachia after the disastrous defeat at the Battle of Poltava. Mihai Cantacuzino kept his secret archive inside the tower.

An earthquake on October 14, 1802 destroyed its top part, including its clock; in 1888, it was demolished completely. Two years later, in 1890, another structure was built as a watch tower, Foişorul de Foc.

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Old March 27th, 2007, 08:03 PM   #3
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I ran a poll on the biggest shame in my city of residence:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=244106
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Old March 27th, 2007, 08:21 PM   #4
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There is no better example in NYC than Penn Station, but most of all, for us skyscraper aficionados, the Singer Building:
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Old March 28th, 2007, 10:39 AM   #5
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this is the lastest gem torn down in Malaysia.

Bok House, Kuala Lumpur








damn..it's like watching someone beinng killed...

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Old March 28th, 2007, 10:59 AM   #6
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There are alot of HK classic that are now gone

One of them is this the Hilton Hotel which now stand the Cheung Kong Centre

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Old March 29th, 2007, 04:31 AM   #7
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I'm glad to have Cheung Kong instead of the Hilton

For Hong Kong, the whole area around the Legislative Council

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Old March 29th, 2007, 07:38 AM   #8
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those buildings look nice

HK should build a podium to cover the whole city and build skyscrapers on top of it
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Old March 29th, 2007, 07:59 PM   #9
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Detroit, Michigan.
This city has lost many fine buildings both due to replacement by more modern structures but also sadly to abandonment and decay.

The old pictures are from the Wayne State archives or Burton Memorial collectons.

Detroit's first skyscraper, the 10 story Hammond Building (1890) lasted for about 70 years before being replaced by an ugly bank building annex.

The Hammond Building:

(the other 10 story building in the right background (Union Trust building) was also torn down)

The old City Hall was constructed in 1872 and torn down in 1961 as it was deemed "Inefficient" after a new International Style city hall was built. It was replaced with a park and underground parking which in turn was replaced by a 10 story office building in 2005.

The old City Hall:

(The Soldier and Sailors Civil War monument is in the foreground to the right)

The next picture shows what replaced the Hammond building and the old City Hall. The Bank One building on the left replaced the Hammond Building and the Ernst & Young building replaced the park that replaced the old City Hall.

(I took this picture. The tall building is the third Penobscot building which was completed in 1928.)

The Federal Building in Detroit was torn down in 1932 and replaced with a "modern" stripped classical Federal Building that still stands.

The old Federal Building:


A recent loss was the Statler Hotel which had been abandonded for about 20 years and was torn down in 2005 to "clean up" the city for the Superbowl. No new structure has replaced it.

The Statler Hotel:


Here is a picture of the Statler's destruction:

(I took this picture.)

There are many more examples that I could post.

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Old March 29th, 2007, 08:53 PM   #10
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Some of Londons Lost Buildings :

The Oxford Arms Inn :



73 Cheapside :



St Mary Overys Dock :



Mappin And Webb Building :







Gaiety Theatre :



Columbia Flower Market :

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Old March 29th, 2007, 09:12 PM   #11
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here in Indianapolis we lost alot of amazing gems.

the old courthouse.
Demolished around 1962 for the new front gardens of an international styled shoebox.


the imperial hotel.
Demolished for a parking lot somewhere in the mid 20th century.


the old english hotel, demolished for a hidiouse JC penny block,
thank god that JC peny block was demolished and replaced.


and thats not even a quarter of all that was lost.
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I'm glad to have Cheung Kong instead of the Hilton

For Hong Kong, the whole area around the Legislative Council

I also prefer the Cheung Kong Centre there though I miss the food at The Hilton

I think most of the old buildings throughout HK that are now gone are gems. Another gem now gone

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Old March 30th, 2007, 06:23 PM   #13
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Hilton is not a classic. It's an ugly bland building and it was great to be rid of it. GPO was a masterpiece. Thank goodness they kept Murray House, albeit moved to Stanley from the Bank of China site.
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Old March 31st, 2007, 06:36 AM   #14
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here in Indianapolis we lost alot of amazing gems.

the imperial hotel.
Demolished for a parking lot somewhere in the mid 20th century.

wow......sorry to hear that
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Old March 31st, 2007, 10:22 AM   #15
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Vietnam's lost legacy

Hanoi

Bombed by the US, re-facaded by communist style


Bao Thien pagoda:destroyed by the French


Saigon
Presidential Palace: destroyed by coup attempt in the 60s, rebuilt in 60's style


Row houses over canals: gradually jeopardised and demolished during the recent year, latest projection of a 8 lanes highway finally swept out the rest:


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wow......sorry to hear that
It will take time.. but the wounds will heal..
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Hilton is not a classic. It's an ugly bland building and it was great to be rid of it. GPO was a masterpiece. Thank goodness they kept Murray House, albeit moved to Stanley from the Bank of China site.
Yup its not but Hilton was one of the first modern-era high-rises to be built in HK before Jardine House.
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 03:24 PM   #18
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Yup its not but Hilton was one of the first modern-era high-rises to be built in HK before Jardine House.
I'd think the dawn of the modern era of the Hong Kong highrise began with the public housing & new town projects following the Shek Kip Mei fire in 1953.
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