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That stuff was built of plaster. It could not have been preserved.
* The " White City " or 1893 Columbian Exposition was, actually, a composition of building materials: glass, iron, staff, wood, and one in marble ALL painted white for it's gleaming appearance. There were plans to refinish it in marble or some other lasting material before it was destroyed in a fire (see below photo)....



That's what happens when You build on the cheap!

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oh wow this is cathedralesque. THIS IS SUCH A CRIME

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Old Posted Jan 29, 2009, 7:41 AM
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Old St Paul's, one of the largest cathedrals ever built, 525ft, destroyed Great Fire of London 1666



www.wilsonsalmanac.com, www.explore-stpauls.net


Nonsuch Palace 1542 - built so that nonsuch building could be ever built again, burnt down by demolition 1683 to repay gambling debts


http://tudorhistory.org


Palace of Whitehall 1530, the largest palace ever in UK with 1,500 rooms and the largest building in the West, burnt down 1698


www.oldlondonmaps.com

www.old-london.co.uk


Richmond Palace 1497, it took 10 years to demolish after the execution of Charles II in 1649


www.wikimedia.org


http://tudorhistory.org

Old London Bridge, one of the world's greatest medieval structures, 1136 - 1825 demolished

www.imageshack.us, ww.wikipedia.org

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Old Posted Jan 29, 2009, 8:18 AM
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I could explode with the idiocy of developers in London over the years. It really would be too painful to show what has replaced these buildings - you can imagine the concrete brutalism of that era; What the war didn't destroy the developers did:


London White City, built for the Franco-British Exposition

www.oldukphotos.com







All following pics from Lost London by Hermione Hobhouse, and www.imageshack.us



Imperial Institute (the clocktower remains)



St Thomas's Hospital, destroyed WWII






Columbia Market, demolished 1966






Imperial Hotel, demolished 1966



Carlton Hotel demolished 1958 (one dome remains)




YMCA, destroyed WWII


Cannon St Hotel



Cannon St Station - the vast wrought iron roof was moved to a countryside field for protection - only for it to be randomly destroyed by a bomber offloading





The Coal Exchange, demolished 1960s





Winchester House



Royal Horticultural Society Gardens





Euston Arch and Great Hall, demolished 1963 for 'vital' platform lengthening that never materialised. The building was was thrown as lining into a local canal.





International Exhibition Building 1862, demolished 1864 - these were the largest domes ever built:



Oxford Street Pantheon



Junior Carlton Hotel



Royal Doulton



London Bridge - sold and moved to Havasu City, Arizona





Metropolitan Fire Brigade




The old City Gates


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Thankfully, there's a movement to restore the Euston Arch.
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That stuff was built of plaster. It could not have been preserved.
The Palace of Fine Arts was also built of staff, but its isolation at the northern end of the fairgrounds prevented it from being burned down in the fire that consumed the rest of the buildings.

It was first occupied by the original Field Museum, which patched the plaster as needed for basic maintenance, but over time it got to look pretty terrible. By the 1920s, it was reclad with limestone and turned into the Museum of Science and Industry.

Before recladding, 1915:
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The Palace of Fine Arts was also built of staff, but its isolation at the northern end of the fairgrounds prevented it from being burned down in the fire that consumed the rest of the buildings.

It was first occupied by the original Field Museum, which patched the plaster as needed for basic maintenance, but over time it got to look pretty terrible. By the 1920s, it was reclad with limestone and turned into the Museum of Science and Industry.
But the Palace of the Fine Arts was actually built with a brick superstructure with a staff facade; the other buildings were merely steel cages with plaster cast fronts.
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OMG! Winchester House looked AMAZING! Why anyone would ever demolish such a building is beyond unbelievable.
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Personally, I think Oregon lost a great building when the 2nd state capitol burned to the ground.

http://photos.lib.state.or.us/exhibit2/e20037b-1.htm


http://photos.lib.state.or.us/exhibit2/e20190b-1.htm


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If it's any consolation, there's a replica of the Crystal Palace in Dallas... the Infomart.







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super sad - Marshall Field Wholesale Store by H.H. Richardson. Magnificent building and quite important in the development of the Chicago School. When Louis Sullivan saw the building being constructed he completely redesigned the exterior of the Auditorium Building.

More information - http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildi...eld_Store.html
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If it's any consolation, there's a replica of the Crystal Palace in Dallas... the Infomart.







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If it's any consolation, there's a replica of the Crystal Palace in Dallas... the Infomart.
That is no consolation.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Midway Gardens in Chicago (1914-1929)























The debris from Midway Gardens was dumped into Lake Michigan.
(anyone have scuba gear?)

Several of the 'sprites' were found years later
lying in pieces in a farmer's field in Lake Delton, Wisconsin.
(saved by a member of the wrecking crew)


Several sprites ended up at the Arizona Biltmore.

Arizona Biltmore

The sprites were designed by Alfonso Ianelli for FLW.
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But the Palace of the Fine Arts was actually built with a brick superstructure with a staff facade; the other buildings were merely steel cages with plaster cast fronts.
Each of the buildings had slightly different structural systems. Certainly buildings are built today that are nothing more than steel and plaster (or EIFS, if you prefer).

Had a fire not burned down the rest of the fair, the buildings probably would have been torn down anyway. Every other World's Fair from that period tore down its buildings, whether fires happened or not. The Palace of Fine Arts was saved because it escaped the fire and because it was planned to remain afterwards as a legacy structure, to preserve a sort of "mini-World's Fair" with animals and artifacts from around the world held in perpetuity for Chicago's people.

It's interesting to note that SF also saved their Palace of Fine Arts while destroying the rest of their World's Fair buildings.
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Crystal Palace built for the 1851 Great Exhibition and attracted 6 million visitors It was destroyed by fire in the 1930s.




Doesn't fire just piss you off? I hate fires!!!
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here's a similar related threads from a few years ago:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=120874

and

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=128523


Demolished in 1968 as part of a "revitalization effort to improve downtown commerce":

Erie County Savings Bank Building



What a fine piece of artwork!! W T F were they thinking razing this??!! I used to live in Buffalo and never knew about this bank.
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