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Queens Community Helps Save Iconic New York State Pavilion from Demolition | Inhabitat New York City

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When the crumbling World’s Fair relic was under threat of demolition, activists and longtime fans Matthew Silva, Christian Doran, and Salmaan Khan founded People For The Pavilion to drum up support for the iconic structure.

via Queens Community Helps Save Iconic New York State Pavilion from Demolition | Inhabitat New York City.

Blighted East Baltimore land to become urban farm – Baltimore Business Journal

The property includes several pumping stations that used to provide water to the city. Those historic structures will be renovated to include a commercial kitchen that will serve as a food incubator for small businesses, including caterers. Land surrounding those buildings will include portable greenhouses known as “hoop houses” along the train tracks running alongside the parcel.

The site at 1801 E Oliver St. is slated to become an urban farm.

Partnerships are planned with Woodberry Kitchen, a restaurant that is seeking local produce for its menu offerings, and the nonprofit Humanim, which is planning a community kitchen on the site.

Devan said the project will create 100 construction jobs and eventually 100 permanent jobs.

BDC President Brenda McKenzie said the project will also be beneficial to the city and the neighborhood by providing access to healthy foods through a farmers market planned for the site.

“It’s also important in terms of reactivating that part of East Baltimore,” McKenzie said. “There’s been a lot of research done that shows foodie culture is another way for people to look at the city differently.”

via Blighted East Baltimore land to become urban farm – Baltimore Business Journal.

Thousands spent, months of planning may not save historic house | Field Notes | KATU.com

Thousands spent, months of planning may not save historic house

By Thursday morning, the house was lifted off of its foundation and readied for the move.

Then everything fell apart.

Thursday afternoon, Brady from Emmert got a call from the city’s transportation bureau saying their permit had been rescinded.

“It seemed that someone in the forestry department was concerned they didn’t have enough time to evaluate the route and felt that too many trees going to be affected,” Fox says.

“What I don’t understand is why they waited so long. They have had the information. They approved the permits. And now at the 11th hour they are killing the project.”

Fox says the developer has been very patient with them, granting them extension after extension as they went through all the necessary permits and processes to get permission to move the house.

“I don’t know that he’s going to give us any more time,” she says. “Monday’s really the day. And if we don’t get it moved over the weekend, I am afraid it will be demolished.”

What has Fox particularly concerned is the possibility is that the city is going to make them come up with yet another route.

“Right now everyone is on board except for the one person,” she says. “If we can’t get it done now I just fear it will never happen. I am worried the clock has run out.”

Fox says it’s more than just the financial loss – though that will be substantial; she estimates they have spent between $60,000 and $75,000 on the project – it’s an emotional one.

“It’s a real shame that Portland doesn’t do more to preserve the old housing stock,” she says. “So much of it is in really good shape. It’s stuff that gives so many neighborhoods their character.

“To lose this house now, at the last minute, is like having a family member shot in front of you. The city did it and it didn’t have to happen.”

via Thousands spent, months of planning may not save historic house | Field Notes | KATU.com – Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News – Portland, Oregon.

Old Pendleton Building in downtown Portland enters last chapter of its 107-year history | OregonLive.com

But the 107-year-old building being rapidly demolished once represented the epitome of Portland class — from the Hawthorne family estate to a Meier & Frank Company stable to its last and longest occupant, Pendleton Woolen Mills company headquarters.

Pendleton PDX LLC, a company of individual investors that bought the property in April for $1.7 million, is having the building demolished with plans to sell it shovel-ready to a developer; it already has an agreement with a buyer. Investors envision a 25- to 30-story high rise that utilizes the 350-foot height for which the property is zoned.

via Old Pendleton Building in downtown Portland enters last chapter of its 107-year history | OregonLive.com.

Jesse James in Upstate New York: Remodelista

Remodelista is a truly wonderful source of design inspiration.

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

Aesthetic Movement founder and creative director Jesse James has spent the last decade carefully renovating his upstate New York country house, The Smithy, in verdant Schoharie County. Originally built as a blacksmith’s shop in the 1800s, the house is simple and bright, with painted wood floors and clean white walls, very much in keeping with Aesthetic Movement’s design credo: “Considered design and frequent brushes with beauty can enhance the overall quality of life.”

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

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Emily-Kate’s 1913 Mill House, Reborn House Call | Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy is featuring a post on a lovely remodel – here’s a taste.

Emily-Kate's 1913 Mill House, Reborn

During the renovation I scoured Craigslist to find a clawfoot tub, an old farmhouse sink and pedestal sinks, and went to salvage stores for doors and door knobs. I took a carpentry class to learn to build furniture and made most of ours, from our kitchen table to living room floor-to-ceiling bookcase. Our house has become an incredible home, a place to share meals and stories.

Emily-Kate's 1913 Mill House, Reborn

Emily-Kate's 1913 Mill House, Reborn

via Emily-Kate’s 1913 Mill House, Reborn House Call | Apartment Therapy.

Demolition of old church turns sacrilegious – YouTube

Oops. Demolition of the historic 1867 Methodist Church in downtown Platte City, Mo., on June 3, 2013. The church comes down on a vacant house next door. In the foreground at left in green shirt shown scurrying away is Jeff Bash, who owned the old church and whose company Bash Excavation, was performing the demolition.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7okRZ6TXa4g]

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Musician Jack White saves Detroit Masonic Temple, paying off concert venue’s $142K tax bill

Jack_White_20130604145145_JPGIn a news release announcing that White was the donor, Masonic Temple officials say he stepped forward because he had played numerous shows at the theater and because his mother was employed at the Masonic Temple as an usher while he was growing up.

The news release also says that both White and his mother share a “profound love for the gothic structure.”

“Jack’s donation could not have come at a better time and we are eternally grateful to him for it.  Jack’s magnanimous generosity and unflinching loyalty to this historic building and his Detroit roots is appreciated beyond words,” said Detroit Masonic Temple Association President Roger Sobran in the news release announcing that it was White who donated the money that was used to pay off the tax bill.

via Musician Jack White saves Detroit Masonic Temple, paying off concert venue’s $142K tax bill.

Demolition may be slowed on historic Green Bay buildings | Green Bay Press Gazette | greenbaypressgazette.com

Demolition of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay chancery in 2010 galvanized historic preservation advocates in the area to seek new protections for historic structures. / File/Press-Gazette Media


Aiming to protect Green Bay’s historic structures, city officials are considering slowing the process of issuing permits for building demolitions.

Under a plan proposed by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission, owners of properties more than 50 years old would have to wait 15 days to obtain a demolition permit while the commission chairman considers the building’s historic value.

If a property is deemed historic, the commission would have the authority to block demolition.

Read the entire article via Demolition may be slowed on historic Green Bay buildings | Green Bay Press Gazette | greenbaypressgazette.com.

Hut, hut, hike or ski — Manitoba Cabin gets new lease on recreation life | The Mouth of The Kenai

Photo by Jenny Neyman, Redoubt Reporter. Repairs near completion on the 70-plus-year-old Manitoba Cabin in the Summit Lake area of the Kenai Mountains earlier this month. Originally a mining cabin, the structure also has been a popular stopover for backcountry skiers, and now is available to rent through the Alaska Mountain and Wilderness Huts Association.

Hunt salvaged materials wherever he could — reapplying existing exterior siding, extending rafters by adding new wood where it wasn’t as obvious and using lengths of the old rafters where they would be seen. Salvaged materials — including old flooring planks stamped with “K D Co. Moose Pass” were used to make the doors, countertops and other indoor features. New windows were selected to mimic the look of the originals.

“We have some lumber inside that’s all salvaged. We haven’t bought much of this exterior stuff — it all came off of the structure and we reused it. Even those doors, I made them from some old wood we had on site. So we’re trying to reuse, regurgitate the building, take it apart, reassemble it and use as much of the old components and possible,” Hunt said.

“That’s the eco-friendly way of doing it. So there’s quite a bit of effort involved. And it isn’t that you’ll notice it that it’s done like it is. But if we didn’t do it that way it would be glaring. Nobody will notice it unless you realize what went into it, but if you did it the other way it would be an eyesore. It wouldn’t be in character of the old cabin,” he said.

via Hut, hut, hike or ski — Manitoba Cabin gets new lease on recreation life | The Mouth of The Kenai.

Vacant Long Island City Bank Taken Over By Site-Specific Art – Adaptive Reuse – Curbed NY


For 25 years, the neo-Gothic Bank of Manhattan Building in Long Island City has remained empty. But now the 14-story architectural beauty will see new life with a site-specific art exhibit in the bank’s vaults and clock tower. Arts group No Longer Empty commissioned 26 artists to create work that speaks to the modern day iterations of currency, value, and exchange for the show, called “How Much Do I Owe You?”. The show will include large scale sculptures, immersive and participatory installations, film, sound, and more. It opens Wednesday, Dec. 12, and will be on view through March 13.


via Vacant Long Island City Bank Taken Over By Site-Specific Art – Adaptive Reuse – Curbed NY.

Design Love: the new Hôtel Droog | 2Modern Blog

We fell in love today. A sprawling, welcoming, former 17th century textile guild, with white walls, sparse but meaningful architectural details, tall ceilings and beautiful, big windows letting Dutch sunshine in, the physical space wasn’t what stole our heart: It was the amazing  hip, very modern hotel/store/gallery/garden/cafe/more known as Hôtel Droog, officially opened September 18th this year by Dutch design brand Droog.

Go see their article via Design Love: the new Hôtel Droog | 2Modern Blog.

The Stein restaurant razed | Green Bay Press Gazette | greenbaypressgazette.com

A longtime downtown restaurant was razed on Tuesday to make way for more downtown parking.

The Stein, 126 S. Adams St., was a popular restaurant know for its Reuben sandwiches. Located across the street from the Brown County Courthouse, the restaurant was used feed juries in deliberations. The family-owned restaurant opened in 1961. It closed in early 2007. Steve Geurts reoped it again at the end of 2007 but closed in July 2008.

Since then, Tequila’s Restaurant and Cantina and The District operated from that location.

Mark Gigot of Gigot Properties LLC bought the building in June and owns the property to the north of the Stein all the way to East Walnut Street. He has said a parking lot wil be built for his tenants in nearby buildings and for rent.

Demolition was scheduled to start Monday but was delayed because of windy weather.


via The Stein restaurant razed | Green Bay Press Gazette | greenbaypressgazette.com.

Demolition of historic Bellevue Hotel begins in Ocean City – NBC40.net

OCEAN CITY – Demolition crews, officials, and residents of Ocean City are hoping that in a few weeks, the historic site of the Bellevue hotel will be transformed, from unsafe building, to an open lot.

It was a process that began in August, when a neighboring business owner noticed that the building looked swollen on one side.

It turned out, water had pooled on the roof, weakening the building and sealing its fate.

“The building has been deemed unsafe, it’s been tagged, nobody’s allowed in the building, nobody’s allowed against the building because of structural damage,” said William Jackson, who is supervising the demolition.

Demolition officials we spoke with said the whole process should take around four weeks, longer than a usual demolition because of the building’s close proximity to power lines, other buildings, and people.

Local residents, even those who have been in Ocean City all their lives, say it’s time for The Bellevue to go.

“It’s a shame it had to come down. It’s in such disrepair, it has to come down. But they just let it go too long before they took care of it” said Julius Green, a lifelong Ocean City resident.

The Ocean City Council will vote tonight to approve $165,000, the cost of the demolition contract. Officials say the Bellevue’s owner was notified, but hasn’t contributed to demolition costs.

“Through his representatives he demonstrated they could not take that on themselves, and so the city can take it down and place a lien on the property,” said Ocean City Business Administrator Michael Dattilo.

No matter what the vote is tonight, Dattilo says the building is coming down either way, and he’s confident the council will approve the funds.

via Demolition of historic Bellevue Hotel begins in Ocean City – NBC40.net.

The Goodwin is a Swanky New West Village Eatery Made with Reclaimed Wood | Inhabitat New York City

The Goodwin is a swanky new restaurant in the West Village made almost entirely of reclaimed wood! Working carefully within a landmark building from 1845, design firm LVMinc transformed wooden beams from the former brownstone’s demolition into the restaurant’s walls, ceiling, shelving, counter trim, and even bathroom ledges. With a tasty menu and gorgeous antique aesthetic, this restaurant is at the top of our dream dining list.

via The Goodwin is a Swanky New West Village Eatery Made with Reclaimed Wood | Inhabitat New York City.

604 South Fourth Street: Preserve it or Destroy it? – Stillwater, MN Patch

When driving through one of Stillwater’s most historic neighborhoods, the huge sign on down Fourth Street is hard to miss: “Notice of a Proposed Building Demolition.”

The issue: It’s of a home built in 1890, located kitty-corner from the Historic Courthouse.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is requesting a demolition permit to tear down the home and replace it for green space that will be incorporated into the main church site.

The Heritage Preservation Commission will discuss the proposal at tonight’s meeting.

“I just heard that the home at 604 South Fourth Street across from the Old Court house is scheduled to be demolished,” Joan Ockwig, who grew up in the house, wrote in a letter to the city. “(I) just thought you might be able to use it in some way for space of Historical items. It would be a shame to see a humble home that was in one family’s name almost 100 yrs. be destroyed.”

That humble home was owned by the Simonet family since 1897; and Ockwig says the church told John and Eileen Simonet it would never be torn down.

“There is so much history in that short two block area,” she said. “The church let it go down hill and though they told John & Eileen Simonet it wouldn’t be torn down. It seems it is now destined to be torn down.”

St. Paul Lutheran Church’s request is under the new demolition ordinance, City Planner Mike Pogge told the Heritage Preservation Commission last month. City staff has determined that the property was a potential historic resource, therefore placing it before the HPC for review.

The home is valued at $81,100 and the land is valued at $66,000, Pogge said. If the home were moved and the lot were sold, it would be substandard.

Kevin Shuberg, an attorney for St. Paul Lutheran Church, told the commission the church expanded in 2001, and at that time, considered eventually utilizing the

entire block.

The church considered whether or not the existing properties could be worked into the mission of the church, Shuberg said, but because the houses are no longer considered inhabitable, both houses should be demolished.

“There are major structural deficiencies and the cost to renovate the house far exceeds the current value of the structure,” Kevin Urhammer, the Business Management Chair at St. Paul Lutheran Church wrote to the city. “The cost to demolish and remove the structure is considerably less than the cost to renovate.

“An alternative to demolition would be to sell the property. However, with the structure in its current condition, this property is in no condition to sell. The cost to bring the house up to a reasonable level for rental or resale is not economically feasible. The cost to renovate the property far exceeds the current value of the structure.”

According to the meeting minutes, HPC Chairman Howard Lieberman opposes the demolition.

Part of what makes Stillwater beautiful is the mix of properties—not just the lumber barons’ mansions, Lieberman told the commission. Had the properties been better maintained from the time the church bought them in 1997, he said they may not be as dilapidated as they are now.

Lieberman said he believes the church’s “grand plan” may have always been to demolish the buildings through benign neglect.

City staff is recommending approval of the demolition request.

via 604 South Fourth Street: Preserve it or Destroy it? – Stillwater, MN Patch.

Creative Historic Reuse Inspires Urban Planning | Fog City Journal

Alamo Drafthouse could make use of California’s Mills Act, which can reduce property taxes through agreed renovations and preservation of the existing historic New Mission Theater. Photo by Andy Sweet.

Before reuse began in 1996, “you could shoot a cannonball down the street and not hit anyone,” Sandmeier said. Today, the number of residential units has grown from 11,000 to 40,000.

The adaptive reuse also speaks to San Francisco’s current acute housing shortage and increasing rent prices, which often pushes young urbanites across the Bay and reduces access to low-income communities, which can be seen in the sprawling gentrification of the Mission District.

“I do think that adaptive reuse alone does not ensure cultural preservation and this is why other planning tools need to be developed to promote cultural preservation,” said San Francisco Architectural Heritage Project Manager Desiree Smith. Her organization is working on preservation planning in the Japantown and South of Market Districts, like the three-story tall St. Joseph’s Cathedral, which is to be redeveloped into offices.

The preservation of historic buildings also provides a “tangible” connection to the past, said Smith.

Read the entire article via Creative Historic Reuse Inspires Urban Planning | Fog City Journal it’s fantastic!

Demolition to aid Dexter Avenue redevelopment | The Montgomery Advertiser | montgomeryadvertiser.com

A plan for the building at 29 Dexter Ave., right, calls for the building to be demolished.

The city of Montgomery has purchased property on lower Dexter Avenue that will allow potential buyers to redevelop three city-owned buildings that have limited rear access.

The property at 29 Dexter Ave., which was the Montgomery Fair building before it burned down in 1984, has been purchased for $90,000 with the intent to restore the historic façade and to demolish the rest of the building, said Deputy Mayor Jeff Downes.

Read the rest via Demolition to aid Dexter Avenue redevelopment | The Montgomery Advertiser | montgomeryadvertiser.com.

Wood Construction Can Last A Long Time : TreeHugger

Often when I write about wood, commenters note that it isn’t as durable as other materials. And while that might be true of 2×4 wood frame construction, it isn’t about heavy timber. The most surprising I have ever seen is in Bologna, Italy.

Almost all of the buildings in Bologna have arcades, which protect pedestrians from the elements, not to mention horses then and motor scooters now, and most are now built of brick. (stone is rare up here in northern Italy)

Back in the 13th century, however, they built this arcade in wood. Here it is, eight hundred years later, and the exposed wood of the arcade is still there, still holding up masonry walls above it.

Now it is true that we don’t see a lot of wood of these dimensions in the lumber yard these days, but we have new technologies that can give us pretty much the same thing. I think that holding up a brick building for eight hundred years is pretty impressive.

via Wood Construction Can Last A Long Time : TreeHugger.

“Adaptive reuse” brings old warehouses and garages to life – Greater Greater Washington

“Adaptive reuse” brings old warehouses and garages to life

by David Alpert   •   April 24, 2012 3:57 pm

I recently visited an American city with many downtown buildings from a long-departed industry. The city’s downtown is now experiencing new life, and many of the historic buildings are finding new uses after sitting vacant for many years.


This is a complex of old warehouses which have now become retail and offices. The developer added a really amazing water feature, a long river which cascades down waterfalls at various intervals. There are small footbridges across the river and even stepping stones to cross in one place.

The old chutes for the products remain and now serve as decorative flourishes. In the center is an old railcar, like those that once transported goods to and from the facility.


At another location nearby, people have turned several old garages into bars and music halls. They’ve also become a popular spot for food trucks, and 2 were sitting outside as we passed by on a Saturday.


Both of these demonstrate the preservation concept of “adaptive reuse.” Old, historic buildings can become a valued part of a changing community by taking on different functions that residents need today. The distinct architecture of the structures and the small details that nobody would build today adds character and interest.

Bonus question: Can you guess the city?

Update: Several commenters got it very quickly. This is Durham, North Carolina. The large development is the American Tobacco Campus, where tobacco warehouses have become high-end retail adjacent to the new stadium for the Durham Bulls. The garage-turned-bar and music hall is called Motorco, in honor of the building’s historic use.

via “Adaptive reuse” brings old warehouses and garages to life – Greater Greater Washington.

Archaeologist Says Lincoln Arena Demolition is Traipsing over Artifacts

LINCOLN — An anthropology professor politely told arena officials today that they’re botching a once-in-a-lifetime chance to dig archaeological treasures out of the ground before it is paved over or covered in concrete in preparation for hoards of people heading to Lincoln’s future Pinnacle Bank Arena.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor Peter Bleed told the Joint Public Agency overseeing arena construction that he supports Lincoln’s $344 million arena project – he even led a student expedition in search of hidden archaeological treasures in the summer of 2010. But he’s disturbed by the city’s “consistent disregard for cultural resources” and the history of the Watson-Brickson lumber yard being demolished to make way for arena parking.

The arena and nearby developments and infrastructure are literally being built in the birthplace of Lincoln, where the city sprang up alongside the railroad depot. The area Bleed is concerned about is officially called Block 51 – bounded by O, N, Sixth and Seventh streets. Bleed and his students scratched around the margins of the lumberyard two years ago in search of evidence of a hotel dating to the 1870s where 35 bachelors once lived. After 1903, the area was converted to a lumberyard.

Bleed watched the lumberyard demolition last week, and said historical business records inside the buildings were “ignored” – he took photos of sheets of paper strewn about and caught up along a fence, among which he found a receipt for lumber to build a barn in Alvo in 1927.

“That was pretty neat,” he said – except for the fact that it was blowing in the wind.

The demolition was only supposed to level the buildings, but Bleed said the demolition went below the surface. He showed the board pictures of the outline of a foundation of a building dating to the 1870s.

“That’s an architectural signature that we would’ve predicted was there,” he said.

But he was disappointed to see the area covered in water after a weekend of storms.

“The architectural potential for documentation of life, landscape and activities of people who made our town is going to be compromised very soon,” Bleed said.

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Architecture A-Z: D is for demolition – KansasCity.com

Architecture A-Z: D is for demolition


The Chicago & Alton Depot was built in 1879 and moved and restored in the 1990s.

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The Chicago & Alton Depot was built in 1879 and moved and restored in the 1990s.


The Chicago & Alton Depot was built in 1879 and moved and restored in the 1990s.

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Here’s another entry in our elemental, alphabetical guide to Kansas City’s built environment. The feature appears here every other week or so. Find earlier entries in the series collected in “Architecture A to Z,” published by Kansas City Star Books.


The Chicago & Alton Railroad used this two-story station in Independence beginning in 1879. In the 1990s the depot was threatened with demolition (to continue a theme) but a friends group formed, moved the depot to its current home at 318 W. Pacific Ave. and spent several years renovating. The depot, open to the public, stands by railroad tracks near the National Frontier Trails Museum.

Demolition I

Cities rise and fall. Buildings come and go. People settle in, move on, construct their dreams on the bones of the past.

Despite good intentions and efforts to preserve, historic structures have little claim to permanence. It often takes more money and power than neighborhood preservationists can muster to save a landmark or a piece of beloved history. For every Union Station and Folly Theater that survives in our town (after much debate, effort and check writing), there must be handfuls of Grand Opera Houses, brutalist office buildings and historic homes that slip away.

Soon to meet that fate (probably) is a 111-year-old house at the south edge of midtown with a brawny stone porch and a Shingle Style exterior done in gray slate (a rare touch). It’s known as the Donaldson House, 4347 Oak St. You can have it for $1 plus the considerable house-moving costsand become a preservation hero, especially to the members of the Southmoreland Neighborhood Association who have long hoped to save it. The Kansas City Art Institute, which wants to build student housing or something else on the site, has been trying to dump the little-used Donaldson House for more than a dozen years. Now an 18-month clock is winding down and a demolition green light is expected to come from the city’s Historic Preservation Office in May.

Southmoreland neighbors have watched for decades as the Art Institute and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art expanded their footprints by demolishing once stately houses.

“We love that the Art Institute is a vibrant place, but we have to balance that with maintaining the residential sense of neighborhood,” said Greg Corwin, Southmoreland president.

For its part, the Art Institute says that after demolition, it will keep the lot as green space until it decides what it most needs to build, something, says a spokesperson, that “will fit well with the fabric of the neighborhood.”

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The Donaldson House, at 4347 Oak St., is owned by the Kansas City Art Institute, which plans to demolish it in mid-May. The prominent circular stone porch and the slate shingles are a rare combination. The home dates to 1911.

The Donaldson House, at 4347 Oak St., is owned by the Kansas City Art Institute, which plans to demolish it in mid-May. The prominent circular stone porch and the slate shingles are a rare combination. The home dates to 1911.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/03/28/3519528/architecture-a-z-d-is-for-demolition.html#storylink=cpy

Demolition II

One of the most astounding episodes in local real estate history is still playing out, but one aspect has come to a close: the deconstruction of a never-finished office building designed by a global architectural star, Moshe Safdie. For the last six years or so, I’ve watched the 11-story, concrete-skinned West Edge tower go up, stall and now, in the last several months, come down piece by piece. Impossible to recount the saga here, but, in brief: What a waste! Already steel beams are being installed for a replacement office building, designed by 360 Architecture, which will rise above the intact garage. And, eventually, plans might coalesce to finish the adjacent boutique hotel to the south, which was part of the original Safdie complex.

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Recent demolition work on the West Edge complex invovled heavy equipment and torches.


Recent demolition work on the West Edge complex invovled heavy equipment and torches.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/03/28/3519528/architecture-a-z-d-is-for-demolition.html#storylink=cpy

D is for dumb. And dust-to-dust.

Steve Paul, senior writer and editor, 816-234-4762, paul@kcstar.com, @sbpaul.

via Architecture A-Z: D is for demolition – KansasCity.com.