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Old November 13th, 2008, 04:53 PM   #21
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Wow! Toronto and HK have changed completely!

Although still a true gem when it comes to old architecture, London has seen some unbelievable "redevelopment projects" in the 60s and 70s.

Euston Arch



London Bridge



The Imperial Institute



Columbia Market



Other buildings:









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So many phenomenal buildings destroyed.

The change in Hong Kong is astounding.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 06:50 PM   #23
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argh

Rebuild rebuild rebuild!

Wasnt there a plan to restore the waterfront in HK?
The waterfront was not demolished though. The shoreline has been pushed out and new parks will be built there. The old colonial-style buildings that were torn down were inland.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 07:44 PM   #24
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The loss of those colonial buildings in Hong Kong are absolutely astounding!! It must have been the most beautiful of all the British colonies at that time. Those buildings equal any of the finest colonial architecture found in Singapore, Penang or Malacca, as well as the Bund in Shanghai. When you look at the architecture in the pictures and the dramatic forested mountainside behind... HK must have been absolutely beautiful! Don't get me wrong, HK is spectacular now, but beautiful skyscrapers can never make up for what was lost.

I mean... just look at them again!!
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And here are some more I found on Google:


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Old November 13th, 2008, 08:02 PM   #25
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It's so sad what happened to so many beautiful buildings around the world. At least places like London have a good stock of theirs still standing. In Canada, so much was destroyed, that our cities are unrecognizable compared to even 50 years ago.

There are reminders all over downtown Toronto of how grand the city once looked. Thankfully, we still have those. Perhaps, the stars will align one day, and some of these old beauties will be rebuilt close to their original locations.

Hong Kong?

Everything in this pic below is gone accept Old City Hall and the tiny 4 storey building on the corner. The series of red brick buildings were all part of the Eaton's department store. The Eaton's factories and the store itself were demolished to build the Eaton Centre. The second pic is of the old Toronto Star building. It and a massive old bank tower were demolished to build First Canadian Place.





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Old November 13th, 2008, 08:14 PM   #26
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Brace yourself for this... Old Tokyo!

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Old November 13th, 2008, 09:38 PM   #27
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There is a thread dedicated to images of lost or destroyed buildings in London- https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=442332
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Old November 14th, 2008, 01:40 AM   #28
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wow old Edo was the biggest city in the world, such a loss
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Old November 14th, 2008, 11:46 AM   #29
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OMG the HK is now ugly.Scary...
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Old November 14th, 2008, 04:28 PM   #30
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similar as in Warsaw - destroyed during WW2 and after.
Here you have interactive map with 3 layers from following years: 1935, 1945, 2005
Website is unfortunately only in Polish.
In order to activate map, you have to install map viewier application:
http://download.autodesk.com/esd/map...trol6.5SP1.exe (for IE)
or
http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/MGPlugin65.exe (for Firefox/Opera)
After the map viewer is installed, you can access the map on:
http://mapa1945.um.warszawa.pl/init.html

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Old November 14th, 2008, 06:11 PM   #31
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Rotterdam: the whole city

(After the cleanings, because of bombing WWII)
aw that's so sad, considering that unlike new world cities, despite their former beauty (that Australia pic is just wonderfull with its neo-classic architecture), Rotterdam wasnt surelly just façades.

in my city many things where lost.

the former principal church, buit in the years 1000s, it was demolished in 1910 because it was in really bad shape. it changed over time, but kept a serpent in the front of the door, clearly showing it was a medieval romanesque building. Some stuff where saved and are kept in Povoa's etnic Museum. others where lost, it had the local runic-like writing system, that could help trace the local community origins.


other lost church was Madre Deus Church (16th century - 19thcentury sad!), Sao Jose Church (19th century, nothing relevant), several 19th century buildings.

architecture style that i love:
The former fisher and farmers market and most of its surroundings.

this is the saddest story in town!

we keep two towers (these were four, city hall plans to rebuild the other two
where the current fisher and farmer market is located, so the city will demolish that crap.
one tower is the tourism post and the other a café and decoration stuff.

our former and best 19th century casino, the city had several but this was the best known.

many things around are kept, so you can guess the place.
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Old November 15th, 2008, 01:11 AM   #32
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Almost of the buildings constructed for the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago 1893, for which Chicago received the name of Paris on the prairie, commemorating the discovery by Columbus of America 400 years ago.

















The survidors

Golden Lady – the statue of Columbia

now


Museum of Science And Industry
then

now


I think what is now the Field Museum was part of fair as well, not sure though..
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Looking at the Golden Lady, one would never suspect its former surroundings. The World's Columbian Exposition is in reference to what? Is that in reference to people in the United States acknowledging the word Columbian, in reference to themselves? I'm aware that this name was the one first desired only to see that name taken by another country on the American continent?
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Old November 15th, 2008, 11:39 AM   #34
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Aside from the Euston Arch SuomiPoika posted (and the rest of the old station, including ther great hall) I don't really miss too much of 'Old' London taking into consideration most losses, like The Crystal Palace (below) were completely destroyed by fire or war and just simply couldn't be rebuilt.







My main other regret aside from the old Euston station are the 'Skylon' and 'Dome of Discovery' from the 1951 'Festival of Britain' on the South Bank:





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Old November 15th, 2008, 11:18 PM   #35
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Tubeman ,whay crrystal palace can not be rebuilt?
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chicago would be more famous if it kept that like it was.
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Old November 16th, 2008, 03:51 AM   #37
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Wow! Those buildings of Chicago are shocking! I had no idea anythign like that was ever built there. It's a terrible shame it's not still like that...
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Old November 16th, 2008, 10:26 AM   #38
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theres quite a discrepancy in size?



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Old November 16th, 2008, 10:49 AM   #39
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Tubeman ,whay crrystal palace can not be rebuilt?
It was completely destroyed beyond any sort of repair by fire in the 1930's, considering the Second World war and then Austerity followed there was no financial opportunity to immediately rebuild it. Its location might have played a part: it was originally erected in Hyde Park and then dismantled and transferred to Norwood, South London (or Crystal Palace, as this area of Norwood is now known)... I have a feeling if it were still a central London landmark at the time of its destruction it may well have been rebuilt... But it also used oudated Victorian construction techniques and I'm sure all that iron and glass made the prospect of re-building prohibitively expensive.
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Old November 16th, 2008, 12:47 PM   #40
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The old Hong Kong Club building was truly stunning, however, it hasn't been replaced by the worst looking thing in the world. Would have been nice to have both existing side by side - as is the case with Bank of China.

Other institutions (although not necessarily old) include the Furama Hotel (torn down to make way for Cheung Kong Centre) and currently being torn down - the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong.
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