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Old 08-22-2010, 11:09 AM
 
Location: McKeesport
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So many historic buildings are torn down. Let's post before and after pictures of historic buildings that have been beautifully restored!

This is the Dallmeyer Building, at 535 Liberty Avenue. The facade was just restored and the building has been turned into apartments. The change is really dramatic -- unbelievable what was behind that facade (could there be more treasures like this downtown?).

Here is a link to what it looked like before. 535 liberty, pittsburgh, pa - Google Maps

This is after: Historic Building Renovation Success Stories (in pictures)-dallmeyerbldg.jpg
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Old 08-22-2010, 11:34 AM
 
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That is shocking. Before, I wouldn't have had a problem if that pos was torn down. I had no idea it looked like that originally. I wonder what monster came up with the idea to cover it up like that?
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Old 08-22-2010, 02:10 PM
 
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And that is why one should always demand to check behind the facade before a potentially historic building downtown is bulldozed.
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Old 08-22-2010, 03:01 PM
 
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I miss the Jenkins Arcade. I wonder if they harvested all that white marble?

And Angel -- when I came home in October for my nephew's wedding, my late mother and I went to search out family grave sites in Bedford County. We stopped at an overlook on Rte 30.... and was gutted to find out it was where the Old Ship was. I knew it had burned, but boy, one of my pipe dreams was to win the lottery, buy it and rehab it to live there....

Wonderful Things We've Lost - SaveTheBuhl.org
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Old 08-22-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: McKeesport
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That is shocking. Before, I wouldn't have had a problem if that pos was torn down. I had no idea it looked like that originally. I wonder what monster came up with the idea to cover it up like that?
Blame 1960s modernism. Victorian style architecture was loathed for many decades following WWII. Thus, we lost these magnificent buildings:

1869 Pittsburgh City Hall (demolished 1950s, for Saks Fifth Ave)



1880s Pittsburgh Post Office (demolished 1960s, for a parking garage)



1880s Pittsburgh Exposition Hall (demolished 1950s, for the fountain at the point)



Wabash Terminal (demolished 1950s, near Stanwix St.)



And these are just some of the significant buildings lost to urban renewal plans. This does not include areas wiped out by Allegheny Center, the highways, the lower Hill District, the Uptown area (Mercy development wiped out a big neighborhood), or East Liberty. Plus the whole stretch of Penn Ave that was demolished for Gateway Center.

If you're like me, you can't walk down Smithfield St. and not lament the loss of the Old City Hall and Post Office.

This is why Pittsburgh can't afford to lose any more historic buildings.

And one more:

The Farmer's Bank Building, once the tallest in the city, which stood near Fifth Avenue and Wood, very close to the area where new development of a high-rise is suspected to occur in the near future, and where many people feel there should be a bright, shiny new skyscraper to fill a whole in the skyline. Well, this building filled it until it was torn down in the late 1990s.


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Old 08-22-2010, 04:59 PM
 
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To be fair, the Farmers buillding, or 500 Wood Street as it was eventually known, had been "modernized", both exterior and interior, by the time it was demolished:

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Google News Archive Search
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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To be fair, the Farmers buillding, or 500 Wood Street as it was eventually known, had been "modernized", both exterior and interior, by the time it was demolished:
I was gonna say. I was here then, and I think I would remember a building looking like that being demolished. It didn't look like that any more (though it possibly could have again, not sure). This was part of the Lazarus project.

Actually, as I recall, more controversial was the fact that it (or perhaps one of the other buildings taken down for that project, can't remember which) had a Judy Penzer mural on it.
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:18 PM
 
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Actually, as I recall, more controversial was the fact that it (or perhaps one of the other buildings taken down for that project, can't remember which) had a Judy Penzer mural on it.
Yep, it had the big Pittsburgh sports stars mural.

Edit: Here is an image:


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Old 08-23-2010, 07:37 AM
 
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In Toronto and Montreal they try to keep the facades as much as possible. I love to look at old buildings and wish more people kept them. These are wonderful.
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Old 08-23-2010, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Philly
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the Dallmeyer building had also been modernized. modernization often was applying a new facade. King St station in seattle was modernized witha drop celing in the 60's. someone took a peep and realized the detailed work was still there (I think restoration is still awaiting funding)
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