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Past and present historic buildings in your city

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As far as historic buildings go in your city/metro, which is the one you wish never got razed (natural disasters included)? Which is the one you are glad yet remains?

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No way I'm letting this thread fall to the bottom of the heap; it's a good one. ;)

Here's an example from Columbia. The Jefferson Hotel was completed in 1912 and razed in the 1960's. I'm not sure what's in the spot where it once stood, but this one should have never been torn down.

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The one I'm glad got away from the wrecking ball is the Palmetto building, completed in 1913 (the city's 2nd skyscraper; photo courtesy of forumer Doug L):

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In Greenville, the 17-story Woodside Building on Main Street was completed in 1923, and later demolished in the name of "progression." :cry:

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We still have a great amount of rejuvenated historic buildings all over downtown, including Court Square:

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A refurbished Woodside Building would have certainly been a jewel in Greenville's skyline.

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For Charlotte, I wish the Southern Manufacturers Club building, built in 1894, was still standing:

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But I'm glad the old First Baptist Church (built 1908) was preserved, which is now part of the Spirit Square arts complex in uptown:

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The Biltmore Hotel aka Hotel Oklahoma (far right skyscraper) was destroyed in 1977. In this picture you can also see two of the buildings that I'm glad remain- First National Tower (1931) and City Place Tower. Another good picture of the building just before wrecking time at http://www.emporis.com/files/transfer/6/2004/12/326395.jpg.

The best preserved building in Oklahoma City, if not in all of Oklahoma, is the Skirvin Hotel, currently being transformed into a Hilton.

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Tulsa has many buildings from the oil boom:

The Philtower (The upper floors are being converted to lofts right now, the lower floors remain offices):

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The Boston Avenue Methodist Church, an art deco masterpeice:

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The Adams Building, formerly a hotel, now offices:

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The former Cosden building, built in 1918 at 16 stories, expanded in 1984 to become the 36 story Midcon tower:

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The Midcon with Philtower in front

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The ONG Building:

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The Atlas Life Building, often overshadowed as it sits between the Midcon and the Philtower:

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The Pythian Building:

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The Mayo Hotel, a portion of the building is due to become lofts this year, the lower floors were redone a couple of years ago:

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The Philbrook Museum:

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The McFarlin Building, being redone now as new office and retail space:

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There are many, many more, but that's a start.

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Atlanta's got a Flatiron building that's 5 years older than NYC's:

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^^ That's awesome! Doesn't look like there's a lot of room to move around though.

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The Skirvin Hotel in OKC and the Boston Ave. Methodist Church in Tulsa are GREAT examples. I'm glad those survived the wrecking ball, for sure. :thumbsup:

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Seems a lot of downtown Gastonia (just west of Charlotte along US 74/I-85) has not changed at all. Heres one photo of a church in uptown Charlotte on N Tryon at E 7th St that is seemingly surrounded by modern day skyscrapers

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The originial Amtrak station (I forgot the name) in Birmingham was torn down back in the 1960's so that the Red Mountain Expressway could be built.

However, the Tutwiler Hotel (which is currently being renovated into a Hampton Inn & Suites) is still standing.

Birmingham has a plethora of historical buildings that are still standing due to the city's strives to preserve and revivalize its character.

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How anyone thought it was a good idea to raze the terminal station in downtown ATL is beyond me.

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I heard from another forum member that in the 1990's they were thinking about razing the "old" Louisiana state capitol. Good thing they didn't, doing so would have to me been very foolish.

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That reminded me of the long ago demolished Pratt's Castle on Gamble's Hill in Richmond...

The Medeival inspired Pratt's Castle built in 1853

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The Ethyl Corp. HQ that replaced it

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Id like to bring this thread back :)

The First National Bank Building, Richmond, Circa 1913

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The First National Bank building is one of my favorite buildings in DT Richmond. I think they are doing a pretty cool restaurant in a bank building just down from the street from it too.

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The First National Bank building is one of my favorite buildings in DT Richmond. I think they are doing a pretty cool restaurant in a bank building just down from the street from it too.

haha funny enough, the cool restaurant in the bank building is called The Bank. It's a fantastic place. Soon, 2 lower levels will be opened as a club/live music/hang out place called The Vault.

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Here a few old towers in Decatur and Birmingham.

I'll go from oldest to most recent.

Here's the Old State Bank in Decatur, it was built in 1833 and survived the Battle of Decatur in the Civil War. It was one of only three buildings in town left standing after Union forced burned the city to the ground.

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This is the Frank Nelson Building, built in 1903 in downtown Birmingham. It is currently 130 ft. tall.

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This is the Empire Building, also in downtown Birmingham. It was built in 1909, it was the tallest building in Alabama when built. It is currently 247 ft. tall.

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Again, in downtown Birmingham, this is the City Federal Building. When built in 1913, it was the tallest building in the Southeastern United States at 325 ft. It was also the tallest building in Alabama until the Amsouth Tower was built in Mobile in 1969.

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This is the Alabama Theatre. Built in 1927 it has a current height of 94 ft.

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The old O'Henry Hotel in Greensboro, NC

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Also The 13-story King Cotton Hotel

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and Guilford Hotel

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all 3 of these downtown hotels have been razed

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Its a shame, those hotels looked gorgeous!

The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond (saved)

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Photos of the Jefferson Hotel, courtesy of GeoCities and Virtual Tourist.

Richmond City Hall (saved)

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Wow, the Jefferson Hotel looks awesome on the inside. I'm glad Richmond managed to save a good bit of its historic buildings from the wrecking ball.

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Wow, the Jefferson Hotel looks awesome on the inside.

It's absolutely unbelievable inside...the restaurants are great too (Le Maire and TJ's)

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You can learn more about it and see some more pics at that link.

There's also video of it at GoogleVideo (type Jefferson Hotel)

Here's one I took... the coloring came out horribly, but it offers a different angle than the others.

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Let me just add that I had the special treat of staying there once.... As we walked through the door opened for us by the doorman, ahead was an elegant statue of Jefferson. Around him were ladies having tea and biscuits for tea time, and a lady playing a huge harp for guests. The whole experience was awesome.... but I guess that's what a 5-star, 5-diamond rating gets you :)

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