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Old May 9th, 2012, 04:53 PM   #541
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very impressive reconstruction going on in Vilnius - didn't know that Vilnius had a Wawel-type ensemble of stunning buildings including a castle like in Krakow - only the one in Krakow was destroyed partially by Austrians. good work vilniusguide
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Old May 24th, 2012, 09:59 PM   #542
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My first post here... very impressed with this thread. I agree with most folks here on the wonderful historic reconstruction taking place in Europe. Born in Germany, and returned for 15 visits between 1979-93, I have to say that so many of the rebuilt buildings in so many European cities were... to put it simpy... butt ugly!!

Love what has happened in Dresden, what is happening in Frankfurt and Mainz, and also the reconstructions in Poland and the Baltic republics. Very beautiful!!

I'm an architectural historian of sorts as a hobby... and here's some of what I would love to see happen....

1) the NW transept of Ely Cathedral in England... rebuilt.
2) now that the foundations of York Minster's central tower has long been secured, I'd like to see some pinnacles added to the tower.
3) Hollyrood House, Scotland... can't a case be made to restore the church?
4) Rheim's Cathedral.... yes the German's bombed the hell out of the stained glass in WWI, and the French have been apoplectic with rage over it ever since... but with b/w image colorization technology... can't they recreate the missing stained glass, or some semblence thereof?
5) Nuremberg Altstadt... such magnificent city walls... the most impressive I've ever seen... and yet the Altstadt could take a page from Dresden. One thing about the marketplace... although Nuremberg had such a beautiful historic district... its' "marktplatz" was never as beautiful as that of other cities... but a case can still be made to add some nice burger architecture to replace the area between the Frauenkirche and Schönenbrunnen. And fill in the missing parts of the city walls on the east side of town.
6) building a "tower" or "crown" over the crossing at Westminster Abbey... a great idea!
7) glad the Potsdamer Stadtschloss is being rebuilt... hope they come up with a better riverside facade for the Berliner Schloss than that abomination that they planned.
8) the Centre Pompidou in Paris.... what the hell were the Parisians thinking?? They should have built that over by La Defense... not in the historic heart.
9) the Tuileries Palace extension of the Louvre... the 19th century Parisians were about as smart as 1950 East Berliners with the Stadtschloss. Would love to see it rebuilt... but the French aren't as meticulous as the Germans.
10) Heidelberg Castle... OK they rebuilt behind the facade of the Fredrichsbau in 1900... why not the Ottheinrichsbau?
11) Why did the French move their Opera to the modern Bastille, when the Garnier Opera is the world's greatest??
12) half of all the modern crap along the Thames in London needs to be dynamited, starting with the National Theatre and that Xerox Machine abomination.
13) Since I'm from metro Detroit... the glorious ruin of the 1913 built Beaux Arts Michigan Central Station (once the worlds tallest train station), which after 30 years of ruin, is now finally being mothballed... is a brooding gigantic and frightening hulk, that reminds me of Cologne Cathedral... an enormous and terrifying structure... that needs to be protected.

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Old May 25th, 2012, 08:15 AM   #543
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fascinating comments Gistok, I agree on many counts.

I would love to see before and after pics posted of Detroit, many around the world don't know what an immensely rich city Detroit once was and what treasures it had. cheers
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Old May 25th, 2012, 11:48 AM   #544
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Old May 25th, 2012, 07:33 PM   #545
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^ seems like the same or similar redevelopment typology as Dresden
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Old May 25th, 2012, 08:56 PM   #546
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Thanks for the images Karasek! While the images were familiar to many of the photos I've seen of the Nürnberger Altstadt prior to that dreadful day of January 2, 1945, I had never seen images of that covered market. I wonder when that was added or removed. The part of the streetwall of the Marktplatz that I thought was lame was those 2 story houses on the northside with a 3rd story attic. It almost looked like something grander may have been there before (fire?)... but what replaced them... that modern looking building with the hip roof really ruins the view (as do a lot of buildings throughout Nürnberg with those large single pane windows).

I was going to add some pictures of some of the restored gems of Detroit (such as the 5,174 seat Fox Theatre, several other theatres, and 2 of the grandest Art Deco buildings in the country)... but I don't seem to have adding attachment capabilities. At the bottom it says "You may NOT post attachments". Is this some kind of Newbie rule? Even going "Advanced", I do not get the "Managing Attachments" click-on box??
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Old May 25th, 2012, 09:53 PM   #547
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12) half of all the modern crap along the Thames in London needs to be dynamited, starting with the National Theatre and that Xerox Machine abomination.
Agreed. Other candidates for reconstruction in London, all demolished after WWII:

presbyterian Congregation.


1 poultry.


International Exhibition Building. This one was demolished shortly after its construction in the late 1800s.


Columbia Market.


The Imperial Institute. Only one of the smaller towers remain.


Euston Arch. This might be reconstructed when Euston Station, also demolished in the 60s, is redeveloped.


Holborn Viaduct.


Gardiner's Corner, Aldgate. Destroyed by fire in 72.


Imperial Hotel.



Carlton Hotel.


Cannon Street Station original roof.


London Bridge.


St Thomas Hospital. Only three buildings still stand.


Mappin and Webb building.


Cheapside.


Thames Street. Now an urban highway.


Farringdon Street.


Victoria Street.


Ludgate Circus.

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Old May 25th, 2012, 10:00 PM   #548
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I was going to add some pictures of some of the restored gems of Detroit (such as the 5,174 seat Fox Theatre, several other theatres, and 2 of the grandest Art Deco buildings in the country)... but I don't seem to have adding attachment capabilities. At the bottom it says "You may NOT post attachments". Is this some kind of Newbie rule? Even going "Advanced", I do not get the "Managing Attachments" click-on box??
That's right, you can't attach pictures to posts, you're supposed to link them using the "Insert Image" button in the toolbar (up above, yellow and grey). In order to be linkable, the images have to be uploaded first, either to your own website or to a photo service such as Photobucket.
You can also link pictures directly from Flickr if the user has allowed it.

Please do, I'd love to see those buildings from Detroit, a city that's sadly been nothing but bad news about decay and demolition lately!
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Old May 26th, 2012, 01:35 AM   #549
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OMG. London was so beautiful..... so much much much more!!!!! It could be even more beautiful if these building's hadn't been torn down and/or given up for reconstruction. How sad.
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Old May 26th, 2012, 02:18 AM   #550
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Thanks Dunzdeck, I'll upload them to my Flickr site, and then be able to post them here... for those of you folks unfamiliar with Detroit... prepare to be surprised!!

One reason... while Detroit has been in the doldrums for some time, the need for the real estate that some of its' 1920s treasures sat upon was never needed, therefore there was no urge to "tear down all that old stuff".

Mr. Bricks... thanks for all those wonderful images... the church looks like a mini-York Minster! Is "One Poultry" that cluster of Victorian buildings near the Bank of England building that Prince Charles was complaining so loudly about? It was a travesty to lose that block to the modernist abomination that replaced it.

I have Prince Charles book.... Pride of Place if I recall (it's around here somewhere). While I don't care too much for him personally, he's spot on in his architectural views.
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Hmmmm.... I'm getting this message trying to upload a Flickr image (that I posted for anyone to view)... and I'm getting....

"Post denied. New posts are limited by number of URLs it may contain and checked if it doesn't contain forbidden words."

It gives me the same message when I even post a link to my Flickr page... that's odd... it will only let me post my Flickr main page...
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Boston, Lincolnshire, England.

Pescod Hall was built around 1450, the home of a wealthy merchant family. In the 1760s the building was heavily altered and used as a warehouse for grain storage. By the early 19th century the building bore little resemblance to its original form and by the late 19th century the building had become derelict and was in a state of disrepair (sections of the building had fallen away). In 1972 the building was rebuilt to its original form using original brick where possible. In 2003 the building was lifted and transported to a location 70 feet (21 meters) away. Since the building was relocated it has been used as a clothing shop and fast food restaurant.

The 'lifting' of the building (2003):


The building as it is today:



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Mr. Bricks... thanks for all those wonderful images... the church looks like a mini-York Minster! Is "One Poultry" that cluster of Victorian buildings near the Bank of England building that Prince Charles was complaining so loudly about? It was a travesty to lose that block to the modernist abomination that replaced it.
Yes the Mappin and Webb building at 1 Poultry was part of the cluster of Victorian buildings around Bank. It was pulled as late as 1994! There is now a pomo building on the site, and although quite unoffensive it certainly sticks out as a sore thumb in the area. It has ruined the Victorian unity of the area.
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Yes the Mappin and Webb building at 1 Poultry was part of the cluster of Victorian buildings around Bank. It was pulled as late as 1994! There is now a pomo building on the site, and although quite unoffensive it certainly sticks out as a sore thumb in the area. It has ruined the Victorian unity of the area.
Yes, that's it... the one with the "submarine conning tower" as critics like to call it. Prince Charles was very critical of it in his book about it... and for good reason. I just read the bio of developer Peter Palumbo. Can't believe someone that involved in the world of architecture would create such "a sore thumb" in a Victorian part of London. Even though he has been give lifetime peerage by Margaret Thatcher... I bet he won't be getting any royal invites...

Oppss... just read the he and Prince Charles already had a falling out a decade earlier than the demise of Mappin & Webb, even though they were once Polo buddies...
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Cannon Street Station was majestic!
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Frankfurt/Germany planned reconstruction of the Dom-Römer-Area:







all pictures and a nice video can be found at the official DomRömer Homepage (unfortunately only in german)
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I really really hope to see someday this beauty again!!!
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Do you know when is planned to finish these works?
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well first reconstruction will start in autumn 2012 with the "Hof zum Rebstock" building (the building in the middle):



right now you can just see the construction of the underground parking:

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HUUUUURRRRAAAAY for Frankfurt. It deserves some of its beauty back.
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