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    Below are some examples of classic buildings that...

    Below are some examples of classic buildings that have had their cupolas removed.

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2697/4320066115_5ff9f6b904_b.jpg



    LEFT: 331 Madison. Photographed in 1982 by...
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    More towers not (yet) landmarked: ...

    More towers not (yet) landmarked:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3525/3920032056_385ec82b91_b.jpg
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    ^ Or the stripping of the ornamentation around...

    ^ Or the stripping of the ornamentation around the ground floor windows (as happened at Lefcourt Colonial).
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    I was using this GIS map to see which buildings...

    I was using this GIS map to see which buildings are landmarked (http://gis.nyc.gov/doitt/nycitymap/) and was appalled to find the following tall, classic treasures have no protection:
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    Nice catch... Here's a postcard of the never...

    Nice catch...

    Here's a postcard of the never built Pershing Sq park and Murray Hill Hotel.

    http://seesaw.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54fabf0ec883300e551d8c62f8833-500pi
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    Chambellan was a brilliant artist as that website...

    Chambellan was a brilliant artist as that website shows.

    It's kind of ironic, though, that the creator of the site found his love for Art Deco and Chambellan through the cover of his favorite Ayn...
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    ^ The Hotel Belmont. Demolished in 1939 for the...

    ^ The Hotel Belmont. Demolished in 1939 for the Airlines Building
    http://www.rotograph.org/Hotel%20Belmont.jpg
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    Yours may be the quintessential photograph of the...

    Yours may be the quintessential photograph of the the airlines building.
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    That is a great book... though they need to make...

    That is a great book... though they need to make a sequel covering 1914-1939
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    I think about that question (why we don't build...

    I think about that question (why we don't build like we once did) a lot (as you can tell from my posts).

    Along with greater sense of aesthetics, cheaper labor, zoning, etc., etc., etc., buildings...
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    When a "storage warehouse" means something like...

    When a "storage warehouse" means something like this, you know you are living in the City of Ages.
    http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb307/cdo908/new%20york%20buildings/ir1-1.jpg?t=1246941682
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    I agree about converting the Women's prison. ...

    I agree about converting the Women's prison. Boston's old jailhouse was recently and successfully converted into a hotel:...
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    Today, the movie palace is all but extinct. New...

    Today, the movie palace is all but extinct. New York once was home to the greatest collection of these in the world. We’ve already covered the grandest of them all, The Roxy. Here are some other...
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    The Produce Exchange was a gorgeous building......

    The Produce Exchange was a gorgeous building... and its replacement is a dumpy squat blob of crap. If only the Exchange could have been saved and converted to a public space: museum or downtown...
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    As a follow-up to Merry's post, here is that same...

    As a follow-up to Merry's post, here is that same area, Pershing Square, once known as The World Center of Great Hotels:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3181/3384418830_40463aa994_b.jpg

    The...
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    How? The general populace is (and was) either too...

    How? The general populace is (and was) either too apathetic or preoccupied - in most cases both - to wield what limited power they have. Even among the people here who care, it's unlikely that many...
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    Thanks for the info.

    Thanks for the info.
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    One of many lost Warren & Wetmore beauties, The...

    One of many lost Warren & Wetmore beauties, The Ambassador, a jazz age hotel with extraordinary detailing not very visible in these pics, was torn down in the 1960s as this part of Park Avenue went...
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    Nice find on the Commonwealth... my first time...

    Nice find on the Commonwealth... my first time learning of it.
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    ^You're right. I did a little further research:...

    ^You're right. I did a little further research: Buildings built prior to the air conditioning - and fluorescent lighting - had narrower floorplates to give greater access to windows for light and...
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    If the Chrysler Building were knocked down and...

    If the Chrysler Building were knocked down and then rebuilt in today's New York, you'd end up with half of this:
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3030/3058992371_af642b885f_b.jpg...
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    The story of the movement of New York...

    The story of the movement of New York architecture away from the "classic" styles (encompassing art-deco, beaux-arts, neo-gothic, classic, romanesque, baroqeu, etc.) toward the international, ...
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    From NYC-Architecture.com: "Garden II survived...

    From NYC-Architecture.com: "Garden II survived for 34 years until the New York Life Insurance Company which held a mortgage on the land, decided to demolish the building in 1924." Presumably to...
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    Welcome back Midtown Guy. Watching a movie at a...

    Welcome back Midtown Guy. Watching a movie at a house like The Roxy must have been something.

    It occurs to me that if all of New York's lost classic skyscrapers (& other landmark...
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    One Madison Ave (Met Life Main Building),...

    One Madison Ave (Met Life Main Building), 1893-1950s, The Beaux-Arts main building was demolished and replaced in the 1950s with the current 12-floor structure. In the 1960s, the neo-renaissance...
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