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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.
It was abandoned in the 90's due the financial crisis in Venezuela. Was practically completed, but since the political crisis in 2001-2002 was occupied by delinquents that broke their glasses to live inside. Now this tower has a mix of social, economical and juridical problems. I hope that some institution could recover the structure for it correspondent use soon :( ...the responsibility now is by the Major of the City.
 

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Here's something new I found at the "Sad Day in Seoul" thread. It was a photo posted by Beware. It is a building unknown to any user on SkyscraperCity (like any Korean skyscraper). This is the Taeyunkak Hotel, a building that suffered a major fire that killed 166 persons. The building's completion date is unknown, but it was later restored and it is still in use today.

 

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those warsaw before and after shots are awesome, thanks Darhet for those :cheers:

monte carlo hotel in las vegas, fire broke out near the roof of the massive 3100 room resort in january 2008, it quickly spread to both side of the south wing and took firecrews approx 2 hours to put it out



James Gandon's masterpiece The Four Courts in Dublin on fire during the irish civil war of 1921



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General Post Office in Dublin after the uprising of easter 1916, the British army shelled the iconic building for 6 days



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Nelsons Pillar for almost 160 years stood as the highest structure in Dublin in the centre of city, pre-dating its london brother by over 30 years



it was blown up by the IRA in 1966


in its place today sits the 400ft Spire (3 times the height of the pillar and probably just as hated :))

 

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Los Angeles' First Interstate Bank Building (now the Aon Tower).

During the late evening of May 4, 1988, and the early morning of May 5, 1988, members of the Los Angeles City Fire Department successfully battled what has proven to be the worst, most devastating high-rise fire in the history of Los Angeles. Extinguishing this blaze at the 62-story First Interstate Bank Building, 707 West Wilshire Boulevard, required the combined efforts of 64 fire companies, 10 City rescue ambulances, 17 private ambulances, 4 helicopters, 53 Command Officers and support personnel, a complement of 383 Firefighters and Paramedics, and considerable assistance from other City departments.

Northridge (Los Angeles) Earthquake, 1994

 

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HA! I just realized that a picture of the First Interstate Bank fire was the first pic on this thread! At least I added some history to it LOL. I'm such a retard :crazy2:
 

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Tuileries Palace 1564-1871


Burned down during the Paris Commune in 1871 (destroyed in 1882)

Since 2003, a committee has been proposing to rebuild the Tuileries Palace, cost 300M€.








 

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The London Blitz started after an unsaid agreement between UK and Germany not to bomb the capitals was broken.

The first German bombs fell on central London on 24 August 1940. Reputed to be a mistake by German bombers aiming for the Thames estuary, RAF retaliation on Berlin was followed by the bombing of London on 7 September which started 'the Blitz'.

On 7th September 1941, 965 planes forming a 20 mile wide block of aircraft, filling 800 square miles of sky approach the city. 20,000 are injured and 500 killed on this first day, and is followed every night by hundreds of bombers for 76 consecutive nights, save one.

The first day, the East End burns:


www.wikimedia.org, www.galaxy.bedfordshire.gov.uk

www.annefrankguide.ne

Massive night raids followed every night for the next 2 1/2 months


http://acct.tamu.edu

www.wikimedia.org

http://static.howstuffworks.com

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In the worst single incident, 450 mostly women and children are killed when a school shelter suffers a direct hit


http://homepage.eircom.net, http://varifrank.com,

www.historyplace.com, www.bbc.co.uk


The bookmakers's district around St Paul's burns to the ground, along with 6 million rare books:


http://thestack.files.wordpress.com


one of many firestorms, several blocks wide approach the cathedral, and is photographed from the dome:


www.cityoflondon.gov.uk, http://images.encarta.msn.com


the most famous image of the conflagration:


http://bh101.files.wordpress.com


the cathedral at the end of the war stands while all around is flattened. This is due to the volunteer St Paul's Watch, who heroically defend the cathedral. Several bombs hit the building, including one massive timed bomb, the largest of the war, that bounces off the dome and buries itself in the streets below. The Watch desperately dig 20ft into the street to extract it, then load the still ticking device to a special suicidal team that races across the city, on a special route where tens of thousands have been evacuated from either side. They offload in the Hackney Marshes, where it detonates, creating a crater 500ft wide.


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A massive bomb falls through the awning of Bank Station, bounces down three flights of escalators before exploding on the crowded platforms where thousands are sheltering, killing 117 instantly:



El Greco, www.photobucket.com

El Greco, www.photobucket.com


In Balham a bomb detonates in the road but below ground, hundreds are swept away into the tunnels by a giant wave of sewerage:


http://static.howstuffworks.com, www.ltmcollection.org


Life continues as normal for many:


http://drx.typepad.com

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In the last night of the Blitz 3,000 are killed in the heaviest raid so far:



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Moorgate Underground station:


In all 1/3 of the city is destroyed and 30,000 Londoners are killed, with another 20,000 outside, and 1.2 million made homeless. At its height 200,000 people are employed in the cities defences.

Three years later Hitler starts a new offensive on the city, with thousands of missile attacks that kill hundreds at a time, with the worlds first rockets - the deadly V1's and V2's that give little warning. 16,000 more are killed in the latter stages of the war.


www.dailymail.co.uk, www.flickr.com

www.flickr.com, www.bbc.co.uk


El Greco, www.photobucket.com, www.dailymail.co.uk

In short London survived thanks to the courage of its defence crews and the resilience of its people. Although vast swathes of cityscape was destroyed far less people died than predicted (a possible 600,000 dead according to govt studies), thanks to the issue of home made Anderson shelters to millions of Londoners, the evacuation of 965,000 children and the mostly safe havens of the tube network, where 177,000 sheltered a night. Also the fact full scale invasion was averted in the Battle of Britain. In comparison, its rival target in Berlin saw 100,000 dead in horrific firestorms, street fighting and occupation.
 

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Paris
Tuileries Palace 1564-1871


Burned down during the Paris Commune in 1871 (destroyed in 1882)

Since 2003, a committee has been proposing to rebuild the Tuileries Palace, cost 300M€.








The Tuileries Palace in Paris may not be rebuilt. It may possibly ruin the fan-like feature on that green space in front of the Louvre Museum.
 

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Looking at all the shots of bombs or war, human beings should just be ashamed of their disgusting nature. :eek:hno:

I'm glad many places were rebuilt.
 

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In London, three bombings in the 1990s have damages some valuable buildings:

The first bombing in 1992 damaged the istoric Baltic Exchange Building. It was demolished and a while later, 30 St. Mary Axe was built on its former site.

The second bombing in 1993 extensively damaged Tower 42, 99 Bishopsgate, and Dashwood House. All the damaged done to the buildings was repaired by 1995.

The third bombing occurred in the Docklands in early 1996 that killed the World Trade Centre London and a 7-story building that was part of South Quay Plaza.
 

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a bank in Lagos nigeria partially collapsed. a previous fire had weakened the structure and later a thunderstorms winds knocked the top 9 floors down.
 

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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/
The Asch Building, today, (see below photo) as the :skull:' NYU Brown Building of Science ':skull: ....

 
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