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Old June 2nd, 2015, 07:25 PM   #241
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Architectural holocaust? Really?
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Old June 8th, 2015, 06:56 PM   #242
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Richfield Tower - Downtown LA | *1929 | ✝1970

Any chance that LA's Richfield Tower (built 1929) gets reconstructed one day? Perhaps at a shifted location?

It was a main landmark of Los Angeles and would be again today, I think.
Such an Art Deco marvel, hopefully not lost forever! One of the most moronic demolitions ever, ever.


Richfield Building, Los Angeles, California by Boston Public Library, on Flickr

Great Noir style! A lighthouse, a landmark of the city.

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A number of the golden angels survived:

Read about it: http://shainla.typepad.com/sha_in_la/downtown/

Some more images at Wiki Commons.
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Old August 8th, 2015, 08:59 PM   #243
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The Wilson Mendes Caldeira Tower in Sao Paulo was demolished in 1975 to make room for an expansion of the Praça da Sé and the construction of the Sé metro station (an interchange between the metro's red and blue lines). The works were completed in 1978. Its floorplates were really small, also.
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Old August 8th, 2015, 09:20 PM   #244
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The Richfield Tower was such a tragic loss .
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Old August 11th, 2015, 03:10 AM   #245
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This building on 57th Street in Midtown, New York may be about to join the club

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Old August 11th, 2015, 03:27 AM   #246
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Its a shame, the the one un ny will be demolished?
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Old August 11th, 2015, 04:15 AM   #247
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That's a real shame about the Richfield tower.
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Old August 26th, 2015, 09:19 AM   #248
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Two hotels were part of the Penn Center complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The Penn Center Inn (mid-1950s-1990), and the Sheraton Penn Center Hotel (1957-1988). Both of the hotels were torn down to make way for office buildings which were never developed. The site of the Sheraton Penn Center Hotel is now occupied by the Comcast Center.

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Old August 31st, 2015, 09:24 PM   #249
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Old September 11th, 2015, 11:06 PM   #250
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Most of these barely qualify as highrises (and some don't even qualify as that), but it's a diverse bunch.

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A 26-floor building in Xi'an, with a height of 118 metres, was demolished by implosion last Sunday morning (November 15), according to DemolitionNews.com.

Another example of highrise building demolition in China: In mid-2012, the Three Gorges Hotel and the Chaotianmen Hotel* were imploded to make room for the superall "Chonqing Chaotianmen" project. The site is at the confluence of the Jialing and Yangtze Rivers.

* - Referred to as "Chaotianmen Hotel" by Emporis; most other sources said that building was the passenger terminal of Chongqing Port.
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I am now just beginning to think that the demolition of Detroit's J.L. Hudson Building was probably a mistake. The Hudson Building was a historic structure (built 1924) with a large floor area (2.1 million sq ft; only the Renaissance Center is larger).

Why was it demolished? One reason pointed out by User:hudkina several years ago is:

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BTW, the Hudson's Building wasn't "severely decrepit" It was torn down because it was a massive building designed for a specific use that no longer functioned as such. The city tore it down in an era when there was little hope for renovating buildings half its size. The building was replaced by an underground parking structure designed to support a mid-rise structure above ground. Right now the city has given the development rights to Quicken Loans who have recently decided to build their new World Headquarters on the site of that building or another location nearby.
If there were any other reason, I imagine the Hudson Building would have to be structurally unsound, and the maintenance costs for it would have to be prohibitive. Plus, it probably would have blocked views from other nearby buildings such as the residential lofts to the west of the Hudson's site, as well as Comerica Park (which is several blocks away). If the Hudson's Building still existed today, portions of it would likely have been recladded as part of a renovation, and I imagine it would have been a mixed-use building.

I think Detroit today probably wouldn't build anything over 100 meters (328 feet) in height and/or with a large floor area. Anything significant in Detroit would have to be accompanied by a huge parking garage, knowing that city's car-centrism. The parking garage that currently exists on the Hudson Building's site probably wouldn't support anything with a height of over 100 m.
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The Hudson Building was structurally unsound. The 7 levels of basement were flooded and they had been that way for some time so the structural steel was corroded. There was no way it could have been renovated.
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The Hudson Building was structurally unsound. The 7 levels of basement were flooded and they had been that way for some time so the structural steel was corroded. There was no way it could have been renovated.
I agree..So sad to imagine that
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In Istanbul's Levent CBD, a circular 13-floor building stood for only six years (2002-2008). The DEVA Holdings building was likely demolished because of its small size. It made room for a taller and larger highrise building (Levent 199 aka Zorlu Plaza), which opened in 2014.
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The College Tower, in the Belgian city Kortrijk, will be demolished next month. It will be replaced by the K-tower, under construction next to the College Tower.


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I really wish we could have the Singer Building back . . .
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A 26-floor building in Xi'an, with a height of 118 metres, was demolished by implosion last Sunday morning (November 15), according to DemolitionNews.com.

Another example of highrise building demolition in China: In mid-2012, the Three Gorges Hotel and the Chaotianmen Hotel* were imploded to make room for the superall "Chonqing Chaotianmen" project. The site is at the confluence of the Jialing and Yangtze Rivers.

* - Referred to as "Chaotianmen Hotel" by Emporis; most other sources said that building was the passenger terminal of Chongqing Port.
do you know what project will be build on the site of the tower that got destroyed in Xi'An?
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