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Old December 26th, 2008, 07:53 AM   #21
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The, former and so-called " fireproof ", * Winecoff Hotel Fire (below) in Atlanta GA during the early hours of December 7, 1946 in which 119 people perished....



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And, TODAY as the Ellis Hotel following a multi-million dollar renovation in 2006.... (below)



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* It remains the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history, and prompted many changes in building codes. - Wikipedia

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Old December 26th, 2008, 09:08 AM   #22
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This just in !!!

Unfortunate event : a building collapsed after an explosion in Ukraine :






And this infamous one almost 100 years ago in N.-Y.C. :

" Near closing time on Saturday afternoon, March 25, 1911, a fire broke out on the top floors of the Asch Building in the Triangle Waist Company. Within minutes, the quiet spring afternoon erupted into madness, a terrifying moment in time, disrupting forever the lives of young workers. By the time the fire was over, 146 of the 500 employees had died. The survivors were left to live and relive those agonizing moments. The victims and their families, the people passing by who witnessed the desperate leaps from ninth floor windows, and the City of New York would never be the same.















To know more about this : http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/trianglefire/
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Old December 26th, 2008, 01:56 PM   #23
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building of Slovak national museum was shooted by bombs during WWII




this is the current look (on the facade you can see the museum during WWII)
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Old December 26th, 2008, 07:44 PM   #24
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Warsaw
PAST telephone building
51 m, 1906-1908
This was the tallest building in Warsaw before World War One.
One of the most important mechanical buildings during Warsaw's Uprising in 1944. After 20 days of siege PASTa was captured by the Polish insurgents from the AK "Kilinski" battalion on August 20, 1944.
The fights for PASTa on August, 1944 claimed at least 58 Polish insurgents and 56 Germans, another 115 were taken captive.





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Old December 26th, 2008, 07:55 PM   #25
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Warsaw

Jabłonowski Place

1939:



1945


2008:
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Old December 26th, 2008, 08:09 PM   #26
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Warsaw Old Town

XIV-XVIIIc




Following the Siege of Warsaw, parts of the Old Town were rebuilt, but immediately after the Warsaw Uprising (August-October 1944) what had been left standing was systematically blown up by the German Army.



After World War II, the Old Town was meticulously rebuilt.




The Royal Castle in Warsaw

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1944-1945
Royal Castle in 1945. It was deliberately destroyed by the Germans in 1944.




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Castle, seen from river side
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Old December 28th, 2008, 03:47 AM   #27
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skyscraper in Malmo (Sweden) destroyed by meteor shower

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slT5AuRp3Vs
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Old December 28th, 2008, 09:54 PM   #28
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How about the Windsor Building in Madrid?

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHART...fire_2005.html
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Old December 29th, 2008, 12:03 PM   #29
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skyscraper in Malmo (Sweden) destroyed by meteor shower

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slT5AuRp3Vs



yeah, one of our bridges was too destroyed by meteor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEczA...eature=related
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Old January 4th, 2009, 09:42 PM   #30
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I know the Texas Commerce Tower in Houston has had many windows blown out due to Hurricane Ike. It is unknown whether or not the damage has been repaired.
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Old January 5th, 2009, 08:29 PM   #31
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The whole city of Rotterdam was bombed during WWII.
It's a vibrant and entire other city right now.
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Old January 6th, 2009, 01:26 AM   #32
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The whole city of Rotterdam was bombed during WWII.
It's a vibrant and entire other city right now.
WARSAW

By January 1945 85% of the buildings were destroyed: 25% as a result of the Uprising 1944, 35% as a result of systematic German actions after the uprising 1944 and 1945, the rest as a result of the earlier Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (15%) and other combat including the September 1939 campaign 1939(10%).

Material losses were estimated at 10,455 buildings, 923 historical buildings (94 percent), 25 churches, 14 libraries including the National Library, 81 primary schools, 64 high schools, University of Warsaw and Warsaw University of Technology, and most of the historical monuments.Almost a million inhabitants lost all of their possessions. The exact amount of losses of private and public property as well as pieces of art, monuments of science and culture is unknown but considered enormous. Studies done in the late 1940s estimated total damage at about $30 billion US dollars.
In 2004 President of Warsaw Lech Kaczyński, now President of Poland, established a historical commission to estimate material losses that were inflicted upon the city by German authorities. The commission estimated the losses on at least 60-80 billions $.


Warsaw was nearly destroyed in a planned .
After the remaining population had been expelled ( 600 000-500 000), the Germans started the destruction of the remains of the city. Special groups of engineers were dispatched throughout the city in order to burn and demolish the remaining buildings.








“ The city must completely disappear from the surface of the earth and serve only as a transport station for the Wehrmacht. No stone can remain standing. Every building must be razed to its foundation.
SS chief Heinrich Himmler, October 17, SS officers' conference
Warsaw has to be pacified, that is, razed to the ground.
Adolf Hitler, 1944"


1939-1945
population
# 1939 Warsaw was 1 300 000 IX
# 1939: 1,250 000 in XII
# 19401 289 000-
#1941 1 350 000
# 1942 1 350 000 ----300,000 Ghetto residents met their deaths at the Treblinka extermination camp in the 52 days preceding September 12, 1942.
#1943 1000 000-Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
#1944 960 000-Warsaw Uprising
# 1945-I The Other Side of the River (downtown, Mokotów,Stare miasto,Żoliborz,wola)was only 100-200 mans,
but in Prag District was 160 000
# 1945 IX 478 755


800 thousand inhabitants lost their lives!!!


The whole city of Warsaw:
Warsaw in 1944/1945... look at that...









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Old January 6th, 2009, 01:40 AM   #33
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Warsaw 1945 vs 2008
























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The renowned Holiday Inn, Beirut – widely considered to be one of the best sniper positions during the civil war 1975-1990.
It still remains till today in this battered state.







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That 30-story building in Beirut was damaged in the civil war, possibly beyond repair. Are there any plans for that building?
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Old January 7th, 2009, 05:31 AM   #36
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PARQUE CENTRAL TORRE ESTE, CARACAS (225 M)...still tallest in south america.



IS NOW UNDER RECONSTRUCTION



TORRE FINANCIERA CONFINANZAS, CARACAS (190 M)



NOW IS ABANDONED

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That 30-story building in Beirut was damaged in the civil war, possibly beyond repair. Are there any plans for that building?
Nothing yet confirmed..
check this thread for more info http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=403921
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Old January 8th, 2009, 09:42 PM   #38
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I saw pictures of central plaza in hong kong where many windows were destroyed by a taifun. but I don't know where I saw them. I think it was the german book:den himmel berühren , in english :touching the sky.
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In the late 1970's, Kalamazoo MI had a tornado go down the main street in it's downtown and did severe damage. Anyone have photos?
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What is up with the exposed renforced concrete skeleton of the Financiera Confinanzas building? I hope they don't demolish the building, that would be a crazy idea. It is the third tallest building in Caracas after the two Parque Central towers.
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