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Old Posted Nov 17, 2006, 3:52 AM
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"and for the record, RR donnelly is an absolute trainwreck of a building. it looks like a a greek temple on steroids that threw-up all over itself."

I completely agree - and I'm not half the Mies fan that you are.
I was going to post pretty much the exact same thing. There are worse Po-Mo buildings than RR Donnelly, but that "greek temple" on top is just silly looking.
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Old Posted Nov 17, 2006, 10:21 PM
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I can't decide wich is the most beautiful building in Montreal.



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Old Posted Nov 17, 2006, 10:36 PM
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for Buffalo, I think the most beautiful building is the Electric Tower (nee Niagara Mohawk building). It is currently being renovated into class 'A' office space.
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Old Posted Nov 17, 2006, 10:54 PM
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I have to disagree with DetroitSky; much as I like the Penobscot building, the Fisher Building is the more beautiful building in Detroit:
I disagree with both of you. My favorite building in Detroit is Book Tower.

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Old Posted Nov 17, 2006, 11:09 PM
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ive always liked the pinnacle musuem tower in san diego
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2006, 12:13 AM
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I disagree with both of you. My favorite building in Detroit is Book Tower.
But do you think the Book Tower is the most beautiful building in Detroit? It would help if the exterior was cleaned and the external fire escape removed (I do not know if that would be allowed).

Strangly, several architecture books state that the Book Tower showed that Louis Kamper did not fully understand skyscraper design in that he attempted to define the tower with oversized classical details instead of by its shape. Yet many people have said that they like the Book Tower (so much for the "expert's" opinion!)

Detroit is doing pretty well in this thread. So far the city has four candidates for its most beautiful building:
1. Penobscot Building
2. Fisher Building (my vote)
3. Guardian Building
4. Book Tower


Raggedy13, thank you for posting the amazing Marine Building pictures, I had not seen that building before and it is definately a prime example of Art Deco!
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2006, 1:56 AM
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I disagree with both of you. My favorite building in Detroit is Book Tower.

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wow. i wouldn't want to be in the penthouse when there was a fire in that building!!
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2006, 4:35 AM
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+1 more for the fisher in detroit. it's detroit at it's finest - albert kahn.

penobscot is a close second, and an excellent example of art deco. i know lots of people who are in love with the guardian, and as beautiful and colorful as it is, that skybridge takes off quite a few points in my book, sadly.

book?? a good example of its era, sure, but i wouldn't even consider it beautiful if it were to be cleaned up. remove all those masts and microwave dishes also, then i might reconsider it.


as far as atlanta, since i still have one of my toes in that city, i'd have to go with city hall. it's personally my favorite city hall. (factoring in homerism? but of course!)



runner up? a three-way tie between symphony tower, one atlantic center and promenade II.
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2006, 5:36 AM
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for Buffalo, I think the most beautiful building is the Electric Tower (nee Niagara Mohawk building). It is currently being renovated into class 'A' office space.

WOW!!!!!
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wow. i wouldn't want to be in the penthouse when there was a fire in that building!!
It's always had elevators.

BTW, it's my opinion that you could dirty it up even more and attached all kinds of communications equipment to the Book and it would still be one of the most beautiful buildings in Detroit. You just can't mess that thing up, IMO.

I find the Penobscot Building to have nice massing, but it's even to bland even for an Art Deco, IMO. It's a great, solid design and a great example of the style, but I'd hardly call it the most beautiful.

The Guardian is nice, and particularly the interior. I don't have much bad to say about it, at all. It's just about perfect.

The Fisher is just perfect, IMO, and my favorite. My only complaint is the location, and how so much has been torn down around it that it looks like it doesn't fit at its current location. New Center is unfinished, and looks it.

Another one of my favorites is the often forgotten David Stott. The proportions are near perfect, IMO (at least from most angles).

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At the end of the day, it says quite a lot about Detroit that we have so much to choose from, and those are just the talls.
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That Buffalo building is goregous! I cant beleive ive never seen it before.

And as for montreal how can you even say tour de la bourse is up there... the only thing that monstrosity has going for it is its height. 1000 de la Gauchetière... now there is a beauty





And Raggedy I totally agree with the Marine Building, the only nice tower in a sea of mediocracy. Fingers crossed for 1133 West Georgia tho.
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2006, 7:07 AM
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Many of Montreal's skyscrapers are underrated. Thanks for posting pictures of several of them guys.
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2006, 7:26 AM
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Detroit is doing pretty well in this thread.
Honestly, that doesn't surprise me because Detroit has some of the best high-rise historical architecture anywhere in the world. I could make a long list of builings in Detroit that I'd love to pick up and move to Chicago.
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^if you want to talk about a building from Detroit I'd like to move to my city, for me, I'd love to have the Kean Apartments somewhere near Rittenhouse Square:





I have a real thing for smaller Deco apartment buildings, with wraparound corner windows
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2006, 11:43 AM
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for Buffalo, I think the most beautiful building is the Electric Tower (nee Niagara Mohawk building). It is currently being renovated into class 'A' office space.


I have not been in Buffalo but i hope to go sometime only to look this building
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No doubt about it, the Texas State Capitol. The biggest state capitol in the nation, only the US Capitol is larger. And it's the 5th tallest state capitol.




The Driskill Hotel, built in 1886. This is Austin's "great old hotel".




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I absolutely fell in love with this building when I visited NY. It's cousin down the street, The Beresford, is just as spectacular.
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2006, 4:15 PM
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I've got a perverse sense of beauty and a touch of evil in me so my choice has to be the John Hancock Center here in Chicago:

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I absolutely fell in love with this building when I visited NY. It's cousin down the street, The Beresford, is just as spectacular.
Emery Roth, indeed!



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