What a Waste!
Loss of the Union Carbide Building at 270 Park Avenue
270 Park Avenue (left), the former Union Carbide Building, Skidmore Owings & Merrill architects, 1957; demolished 2021. It lasted 64 years. Because it was built over a dense bunch of railroad tracks, there were very few points for foundations to reach the ground, so it was an engineering feat. The new building will be similarly restricted. Why couldn’t they - at least - re-use the steel?
Penn station (above), Mc Kim, Mead & White, 1910, demolished in 1963 - it lasted 53 years. Has anything better replaced it? Will we ever learn?
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Historic Preservation Committee
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