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Old March 22nd, 2008, 07:46 AM   #1
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How to Construct New Buildings with Historical Fascades ???

Most new mid to highrise buildings all seem to have modern facades (i.e. glass curtain walls, etc.), but I am interested in developing true historical time peices, such as Parisian 1880-1920 and Art Deco (see links below). I understand more labor is involved for masonry work and that the $/SF will be greater (if highrise hard costs=$200/sf then construction for these buildings = $?/SF), but is it possible for these buidings to be built economically? What would be the cost premium compared to a modern facade? Could the detailed masonry work be duplicated? Can any large commercial construction company handle the project?


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Old March 23rd, 2008, 07:21 AM   #2
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Actually it can be duplicated and recreated. Many reconstructions across Europe use duplications for restoration of historic buildings damaged in WWII. I'm all for the use of classic details. It tends to age better. Stone is more expensive then glass but it isn't impossible. Stone detail isn't impossible either. The use of ornate work didn't just go away after our century.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 12:08 AM   #3
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It is said that one of the buildings in 99 Church will duplicate a frieze from who was in the building that got demolished.

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