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Flatiron Bldg

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Lever House

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/gsapp/BT/LEVER/photo5.gif

Seagram Bldg
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This is from a 16x20 inch gelatin silver print in my collection that I found in an antique store. There are a couple buildings under construction in the photo.



The full print.


Original photo by S. W. Christopher, probably working for the Navy.
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Indianapolis

Continental Bank Building, on the Circle (1924)


(From Indianapolis Power and Light)

Then-Mayor Richard Lugar and the Indiana National Bank Tower, probably 1970.


(from Indy Star)

Same building, different view:



AUL (One America) Tower under construction, IUPUI in forefront (1981)


(From IUPUI Digital Collections)
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Old Posted Mar 8, 2011, 4:26 AM
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I've said it once and I'll say it one more time: UIC looks so GOOD in that picture...possibly because it was still a fairly new complex
It still looks alright from the air. It's from the ground (and inside) where it looks like crap.
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It still looks alright from the air. It's from the ground (and inside) where it looks like crap.
Naw, I love UIC from ground level. I just wish I could see it undisturbed with all of the walkways remaining. Ironically I find Brutalism to the be most playful of all architectural styles to the pedestrian. Its a constant stream of columns, towering concrete geometries, and open spaces.

Now from the inside, that is where UIC is truly ugly. They need to gut rehab most of the buildings there.
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DALLAS:

How'd they get that Mercantile Building out of the ground in 1942, right in the middle of WW2? I always thought next to nothing was constructed domestically during this time.
The story I heard was that R. L. Thornton, who owned and ran the bank, had powerful friends in Washington who were able to "help". Later became mayor of Dallas and they named a freeway after him.
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Wells Fargo Center



Figueroa @ Wilshire and 777 Tower


Bunker Hill circa 1967


Downtown circa 1982


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Naw, I love UIC from ground level. I just wish I could see it undisturbed with all of the walkways remaining. Ironically I find Brutalism to the be most playful of all architectural styles to the pedestrian. Its a constant stream of columns, towering concrete geometries, and open spaces.

Now from the inside, that is where UIC is truly ugly. They need to gut rehab most of the buildings there.
They are rehabbing the buildings, albeit one at a time. Gone is the awful concrete and in its place is a traditional glass and aluminum facade. Last time I was there they were working on the 3rd classroom building. I do hope they leave the Behavioral Sciences building as-is, it's the most confusing maze of a building I've ever been in it's that's kinda of awesome in that one way.

However, Brutalism is not something I celebrate generally. It exemblifies the schism between architects and the public. What architects view as playful, most people view as oppressive. It is what you get when a group of intellectuals get together and think up something theoretically perfect without getting external feedback.

Then again, I might just be overthinking things myself. Perhaps celebrating concrete is just an inherently risky thing to do and very few people have the ability to do it right.
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They are rehabbing the buildings, albeit one at a time. Gone is the awful concrete and in its place is a traditional glass and aluminum facade. Last time I was there they were working on the 3rd classroom building. I do hope they leave the Behavioral Sciences building as-is, it's the most confusing maze of a building I've ever been in it's that's kinda of awesome in that one way.

However, Brutalism is not something I celebrate generally. It exemblifies the schism between architects and the public. What architects view as playful, most people view as oppressive. It is what you get when a group of intellectuals get together and think up something theoretically perfect without getting external feedback.

Then again, I might just be overthinking things myself. Perhaps celebrating concrete is just an inherently risky thing to do and very few people have the ability to do it right.
I know what they are doing to UIC and I think it is a crime. Completely destroying the continuity of the campus in the same way that architects in the 1960's skinned the ground floors of all sorts of wonderful classical or Chicago school buildings and covered them in shitty glass facades.

I don't think that is the case with Brutalism at all. I think Brutalism is just in that age where it is just starting to come down from the apogee of its "30 years later" unpopularity. There hasn't been a single new style of design in history that wasn't rejected 30 or 40 years later, Brutalism is no anomaly representing the idealogical failures of artsy types. I won't dispute there are some absolute disasters like Boston City Hall, but there are also some wildly popular Brutalist designs like the Barbican in London or the Humanities Building in Madison. Yes people may find some of the interiors confusing and inefficient, but have you ever been in a building built around 1900? They are just as bad. People don't realize that Wright was just about the only person to build a logical interior in a building up until the last 20 years or so. Up until then everything was just a series of connected chambers.

There are plenty of people around today who love concrete and, I would argue, if it was in style once, it will be again.
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Ren Cen (1974-1977)








McNamara (1976)



1001 Woodward in the right center (1966)



Coleman Young Building, formally City-County Building (1950s)





All from the Tony Spina Collection.
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All Renaissance Center post.
















Virtual Motor City
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IMO Detroit looked better without the RenCen but awesome pictures.
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IMO Detroit looked better without the RenCen but awesome pictures.
Second that.
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I fuggin love this thread.
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I like the Ren Cen as a complex by itself, but it would have been nice to see the towers stand on their own within the downtown core. Oh, what could have been...
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More construction?

Michigan Gas Consolidated, now One Woodward Avenue










Federal Building


Ponchartrain, now Riverside Hotel.


Lafayette Pavilion Apartments


National Bank of Detroit Building, now Chase Tower.






Union Trust, now Guardian Building


Guardian and Penobscot






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Well, that's pretty much construction of almost all the buildings in downtown Detroit except for the really old buildings. And really none of the newer buildings that were built in the last 20 years. Hmm.
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To perhaps revive on of my all-time favorite threads on SSP, I do have a few more photos from several of Houston's projects during the 70's and 80's. They were presented on highlight pages for an exhibition that was held at Architecture Center Houston in 2009... one I apparently missed!

It was called "Behind the Building", and each of the photos is from the selected project pages.


One Shell Plaza


Pennzoil Place


Wells Fargo Plaza


Continental Center I


The Westin Galleria
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