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Old November 12th, 2008, 01:16 PM   #1
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Your city's lost heritage: Buildings that should never have been demolished.

Below are buildings that used to stand in Melbourne Australia. They were demolished to make way for more "modern" buildings.





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omg this hurts the eyes

I cant believe this is Australia:

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Old November 12th, 2008, 03:35 PM   #3
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The national theatre at Blaha Lujza(who was a famous actress BTW)square:



and it was demolished for this:

To make place for the station. The story is even more sorrowful,if one knows that the theatre survived WWII almost intact,without major damages!



The new one built not long ago tries hard to make up for the loss,though its not really in the centre:

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Old November 12th, 2008, 06:24 PM   #5
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This building was replaced to make way for a post-war box designed by Aalto. The current building itself is not that bad, but given its location (righ in front of the Orthdox Cathedral) and what it reaplced I get angry everytime I see it.



Two buildings on Mannerheimintie in the city centre.





This building was replaced by "Makkaratalo", which is today an iconic (and protected) building. Not that itīs great.



These buildings were pulled down and reaplaced by "Ympyrštalo" which basically looks like post-modern version of the Coliseum. The whole area is filled with cheap 70s and 80s dross.

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Old November 12th, 2008, 06:29 PM   #6
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Rotterdam: the whole city

(After the cleanings, because of bombing WWII)
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Old November 12th, 2008, 07:03 PM   #7
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This thread is a really great idea, keep the pics coming!
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Old November 12th, 2008, 07:37 PM   #8
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Paleis voor Volksvlijt, Amsterdam

(source: www.nrc.nl)

(source: www.stadsarchief.amsterdam.nl)
current situation:

(source: www.amsterdamsebinnenstad.nl)
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Old November 12th, 2008, 07:54 PM   #9
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Some lost ones in Kuala Lumpur:

Sultan's Palace (demolished in 1950 to make way for a new palace)
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Bok House(demolished in 2006 to make way for the construction of a 60 storey building)
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Old November 12th, 2008, 07:56 PM   #10
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The Great Toronto fire destroyed most of the old city.









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Old November 13th, 2008, 07:30 AM   #11
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Vancouver lost some great old buildings


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this one was knocked down so a new one could be constructed



the "new" one

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Old November 13th, 2008, 07:33 AM   #12
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At least HK preserved the old Bank of China building.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 07:36 AM   #13
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Plenty of examples in Europe due to the 2 World Wars ... at least Dresden made an effort to rebuild, although I believe several other cities did the same as well.
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Some HK landmarks that have been lost or its gonna be gone!
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The old Central Star Ferry Pier




Queens Pier


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Old November 13th, 2008, 07:45 AM   #15
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Queen's Pier is not a building. And besides a handful of holdouts, there are not that many people who are concerned about the demolition of the pier.

Hong Kong, China

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Although for some parts of the city... you really can't complain to much with what these buildings have been replaced with.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 07:47 AM   #16
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The recent demolitions in Hong Kong pale in comparison to what was lost in the late 70s and early 80s. For those of us who have interest in colonial heritage and a lukewarm awareness of HK history, these lost gems come into mind immediately :









There is a whole thread full of this stuff here :
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=488856
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My bad! Anyway, one thing I find interesting is my neighbourhood Wan Chai.

Back in the days it was mostly row-houses though I wasn't born that decade to experience it.
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My bad! Anyway, one thing I find interesting is my neighbourhood Wan Chai.

Back in the days it was mostly row-houses though I wasn't born that decade to experience it.
A lot of the rowhouses are still there, including a few prominent ones such as Blue House (there are orange and red ones in that block). Wan Chai really hasn't seen that much redevelopments for a core district. They filled in the sea offshore to create land for many of the current skyscrapers instead.
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Here's just a small glimpse of what Toronto has lost. This stretch of road depicted in the first 2 photos is now home to the TD Centre, Scotia Plaza, and First Canadian Place.






The Customs House (Yonge/Front Street): c.1876


The Board of Trade Building (2-8 Front Street East) c.1891. The smallest building in the middle is still there. I believe it's now the Hockey Hall of Fame. Everything else was demolished to build modern structures. The loss of the Board of Trade building on the right was particularly sad since the replacement is a hideous eye sore.


The Second Union Station c. 1875



The Dufferin Gate @ The CNE c. 1910



The Golden Lion (33-7 King East) c. 1873



Toronto Street. Almost everything in this pic has been lost.



The Toronto Union Block (32-40 Toronto Street) c. 1873



The Union Loan and Savings Company Building
(26-30 Toronto Street) c.1876



The General Post Office (36 Adelaide East) c.1873



The Bank of Nova Scotia (39 King West) c. 1902



The Bank of Toronto (King/Bay) c. 1913



The Temple Building (Richmond/Bay) c. 1895



The House of Providence (Power Street/Queen Street East)
c. 1858



Trinity College (Queen Street West/Strachan) c. 1851



The Registry office (Modern day New City Hall) c. 1910



The Toronto Arcade (Yonge between Richmond/Adelaide)
c. 1884. This is another shocker when you realize what replaced it. I couldn't find an image, but it's an ugly 1960s box 5 floors high.





Yorkville Town Hall (856 Yonge Street) c. 1860

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Old November 13th, 2008, 12:04 PM   #20
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argh

Rebuild rebuild rebuild!

Wasnt there a plan to restore the waterfront in HK?
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