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Old 05-12-2013, 11:57 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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THe USA was the start and known for the skyscraper boom and often these historic structures are forgotten when something newer or bigger comes along. One thing that the older structures will always carry is a historic significant it had on its city.

When you share keep the TOS no copyright rule in mind. This means pictures that do not belong to you need to be linked and I hope you share a link.
Also I would love in your own words or a synopsis (1-2 sentence) why that building is cool.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Center City
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Great idea for a thread.

The Drake was built as a 33 story luxury hotel in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood in the late 20s. It was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in the 70s and is currently luxury apartments. As to why I think it's cool? Take a look:




(my pix)
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:24 PM
 
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The best ones IMO from the Upper Midwest:

1) Foshay Tower, Minneapolis
http://decoarchitecture.tumblr.com/image/33157612363

2) First National Bank Tower, St. Paul
St. Paul, Minnesota 1st National Bank Building | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

3) Plummer Building, Rochester
Zenfolio | togosonic | Rochester, Minnesota | Mayo Clinic Plummer Building

4) Wisconsin Gas Building, Milwaukee
http://www.flickriver.com/photos/mspdude/3470165184/

5) Rand Tower, Minneapolis
Rand Tower | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

7) Qwest Tower, Minneapolis
PictureNinja.com - Picture of Qwest Building Minneapolis

8) Soo Line Building, Minneapolis
File:Soo Line Building Minneapolis.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

9) St. Paul Hotel, St. Paul
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:St._Paul_Hotel,_Saint_Paul,_MN.jpg

10) Merchant's Bank Building, St. Paul
First Farmers and Merchants Bank Building | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

11)Wisconsin Tower, Milwaukee
Wisconsin Tower | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

12) Alworth building, Duluth
Alworth Building, Duluth, Mn | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

13) State Office Building, Madison
File:Madison, Wisconsin Dec04 IMG 2848.JPG - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

14) Greysolon Plaza, Duluth
Panoramio - Photo of Greysolon Plaza Hotel, Duluth
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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On family trips in the 40s-50s, everyone in the car would try to be the first to spot the Capitol Dome in Madison while still out in cow pastures and silos.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Pawhuska, Oklahoma, has some surprising edifices for a town of its size:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Pawhu...288.39,,0,-5.7

The old Cllinton Hotel, later the YMCA, in tiny Renovo, Pennsylvania, now with barely 1,000 people.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=renov...82.26,,0,-0.52

It's hard to miss western Kansas towns, for their grain elevators, like this one at Kanorado. I bedlieve the top of it is the highest point Kansas.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=eleva...,72.78,,0,2.46

The Wisconsin state prison in Waupun, just a block from downtosn, is an imposing and sobering landmark; although not a skyscraper

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Waupu...,191.4,,0,1.42

Some isolated churches stand out, like this one in Rhineland, Texas. The whole population of the county could probably sit inside.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Knox+...12,284.45,,0,0

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Old 05-14-2013, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Originally Posted by jtur88 View Post
Pawhuska, Oklahoma, has some surprising edifices for a town of its size:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Pawhu...288.39,,0,-5.7

The old Cllinton Hotel, later the YMCA, in tiny Renovo, Pennsylvania, now with barely 1,000 people.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=renov...82.26,,0,-0.52

It's hard to miss western Kansas towns, for their grain elevators, like this one at Kanorado. I bedlieve the top of it is the highest point Kansas.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=eleva...,72.78,,0,2.46

The Wisconsin state prison in Waupun, just a block from downtosn, is an imposing and sobering landmark; although not a skyscraper

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Waupu...,191.4,,0,1.42

Some isolated churches stand out, like this one in Rhineland, Texas. The whole population of the county could probably sit inside.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Knox+...12,284.45,,0,0
Awesome looking church in Texas. But gosh if that area isn't what the rest of the country stereotypes all of Texas to look like, lol.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:55 AM
 
Location: The City
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the PSFS Building, amny consider the first modern skyscraper. I believe also the first aic conditioned skyscraper, is older than the ESB, now a Lowes Hotel

PSFS Building, Philadelphia

PSFS | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Loews Philadelphia Hotel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Also the old Custum House in Philly is pretty cool, amazing mural as well in the Lobby

Customs House, Philadelphia | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

U.S. Custom House, Philadelphia, PA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_...,_Pennsylvania)

to JM above, the Drake looks like something from Batman - the Penthouses have really quirky patios etc. When up there it made me think of Ghostbusters
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:33 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Woolworth Building, built 1913 in Manhattan, 792 feet

Woolworth Building - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Empire State Building and Chrysler Building are from the same era as the buildings people posted, but they're not exactly forgotten.

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Old 05-20-2013, 02:40 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Another building built in 1913 is 4th & Vine Tower in Cincinnati, at the time it oped it was the 5th tallest building in the world.At 31 stories high .
http://www.listosaur.com/images/stor...y/pnctower.jpg

Also same year City Federal Building, Birmingham AL It was at that time tallest in the South East
At 34 stories high. Condos was added in 2005
http://www.listosaur.com/images/stor...l_building.jpg
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Raccoon City
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The KC Power & Light Building:

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mc...7vo3o1_500.jpg

The most well-known skyscraper for Kansas Citians. My grandfather, mother and I have all grown up with the glow of the lantern on the skyline. On the opposing wall there is actually no windows because a sister tower was intended to be built; however, the Great Depression put and end to that.
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