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50 Monroe to get de-skinned?

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MJLO    342
17 minutes ago, GRDadof3 said:

Whoa... (hopefully third try is the charm)

 

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Look at where the railroad tracks go in. Crazy. Oh, and just park anywhere folks. :lol:

I feel like this is badass,  it should be on a wall as art.

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GRDadof3    1830
12 minutes ago, MJLO said:

I feel like this is badass,  it should be on a wall as art.

I wish I could take credit. Found it on piccssr/flickr in a google search. 

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joeDowntown    664

Anyone have a photo of what the western facing facade looked like in its heyday?

I agree, X99. That building on Monroe Center was fantastic. I like McKay Tower as well, but it'd be nice if a building of this style made it through the years.

Joe

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GRDadof3    1830

Sounds like this is still going to be a hotel. I'm awaiting more details...

Unless someone here has info. 

 

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elcelc    48

Thanks to lack of sunlight in the a.m., I had only seen this in the dark until yesterday.  Wow!  There's really a building underneath there?  I'm hoping for a Rowe-style cleanup.

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GRDadof3    1830

I really thought it was common knowledge that 50 Monroe had a skin on it over an older facade. People all over FB are in shock. Guess I've been an Urban Planeteer for too long. :)

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joeDowntown    664

Awesome photos! Looking at the photos, I'm going to venture a guess and say the building is pretty well intact underneath. 

If you have other photos of the city, please share. Great stuff!

Joe

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GRDadof3    1830
14 hours ago, destijl said:

As promised, here are pictures I took in the mid 80's during the 'skinning' of the former Helmer Building. I know I posted some of these years ago, but this is my full collection.

I found some other interesting shots of downtown form the 80s and 90s, but I'll post them in the appropriate thread..

helmer_9.jpeg

I think this is the only picture I've seen of the front of the building that faces Northwest. And it doesn't appear to me to even be the original facade to the building. Looks like it was redone at some point? 

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wingbert    490
On 11/5/2016 at 7:28 PM, destijl said:

As promised, here are pictures I took in the mid 80's during the 'skinning' of the former Helmer Building. I know I posted some of these years ago, but this is my full collection.

I found some other interesting shots of downtown form the 80s and 90s, but I'll post them in the appropriate thread..

helmer_8.jpeg

Hey, the original Weather Ball.  Woot!

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GRDadof3    1830
21 hours ago, sparky05 said:

How in the world did the UK Daily Mail decide this project was newsworthy for their audience? I mean, cool, right? but... 

(´・_・`)?

I think they just pull from AP. 

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sparky05    94

I was speaking with a relative who works at one of the local equipment suppliers for the construction industry around here - he's constantly dropping stuff off to GR construction sites - and according to him, they're just checking the structural integrity of the building after all of the work that's been going on next door at the Venue. So perhaps nothing is happening here after all....

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GRLaker    244

The title is worded like..."Workers removed metal panels from building. You'll never guess what they were SHOCKED to find underneath."

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joeDowntown    664
On 11/26/2016 at 8:07 PM, sparky05 said:

I was speaking with a relative who works at one of the local equipment suppliers for the construction industry around here - he's constantly dropping stuff off to GR construction sites - and according to him, they're just checking the structural integrity of the building after all of the work that's been going on next door at the Venue. So perhaps nothing is happening here after all....

That may be the case, but I'd be shocked if they weren't checking out the old facade as well. They definitely didn't pull the current facade down in a manner that you'd expect if they were just going to check things out and cover it back up...

Joe

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sparky05    94
18 hours ago, joeDowntown said:

That may be the case, but I'd be shocked if they weren't checking out the old facade as well. They definitely didn't pull the current facade down in a manner that you'd expect if they were just going to check things out and cover it back up...

Joe

Especially considering how some of those panels were just sawed in half. All in all, I was sort of surprised to hear that this is just a structural integrity check and wouldn't be surprised if something more were in the pipeline. For what it's worth, which in the end, is nothing, seeing as how I'm just a chump who likes looking at buildings and dreaming up what could be.

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ctpgr34    184
2 minutes ago, sparky05 said:

Especially considering how some of those panels were just sawed in half. All in all, I was sort of surprised to hear that this is just a structural integrity check and wouldn't be surprised if something more were in the pipeline. For what it's worth, which in the end, is nothing, seeing as how I'm just a chump who likes looking at buildings and dreaming up what could be.

No matter what, they are doing something.  I would assume worse case would be a total new skin

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GRDadof3    1830
11 minutes ago, ctpgr34 said:

No matter what, they are doing something.  I would assume worse case would be a total new skin

They're definitely gutting the entire interior of the building, or most of it. It was on the city's permit list. And we know it's going to be a hotel. 

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RegalTDP    266
50 minutes ago, sparky05 said:

Especially considering how some of those panels were just sawed in half. All in all, I was sort of surprised to hear that this is just a structural integrity check and wouldn't be surprised if something more were in the pipeline. For what it's worth, which in the end, is nothing, seeing as how I'm just a chump who likes looking at buildings and dreaming up what could be.

I don't think this account necessarily contradicts the idea that there's more in the pipeline.  We've known all along that their plan was:

(Step 1) Investigate underneath the surface of the building

(Step 2) Figure out Step 2 from there

I'm sure they wouldn't want to say more until they've gotten to Step 2.

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sparky05    94
On 11/28/2016 at 3:49 PM, ctpgr34 said:

No matter what, they are doing something.  I would assume worse case would be a total new skin

Worst case would be replacing it with a giant, sixteen story hyper-realistic statue of Trump and Obama recreating the infamous fraternal kiss between Breszhnev and Honecker, purely to piss absolutely everyone off.

Always remember things could be worse.

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RegalTDP    266
9 minutes ago, sparky05 said:

Worst case would be replacing it with a giant, sixteen story hyper-realistic statue of Trump and Obama recreating the infamous fraternal kiss between Breszhnev and Honecker, purely to piss absolutely everyone off.

Always remember things could be worse.

^^^Actually, That'd be kinda interesting.

No, worst case is a surface parking lot.  For any parcel anywhere.

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GRDadof3    1830
25 minutes ago, RegalTDP said:

^^^Actually, That'd be kinda interesting.

No, worst case is a surface parking lot.  For any parcel anywhere.

A surface parking lot is worse than a 16 story statue of Obama and Trump making out? 

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