Preservation is…

A country without a past has the emptiness of a barren continent; and a city without old buildings is like a man without a memory.

-Graeme Shankland, British planner

2005 demo of the Century Building in St. Louis. It was replaced by a garage. Image via the New York Times. (Click through to read about the National Trust’s odd involvement).



    • bricksandmortarpreservation

      Not always (just usually). It depends on the building and why it’s being torn down. Using the Century Building as an example, it seems to me that there was probably a more creative solution out there to create more parking without demolishing the structure. Maybe parking could have been found elsewhere or even the Century Building could have become a garage (there are plenty of examples of this in Detroit and even in Frankfort KY), which would at least keep the streetscape intact. However, if a building that is not significant in any way is demolished to make way for a needed community resource, I’m all for it.

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