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A school district purchased part of an large old institution, almost all the "historic" buildings will be demolished to make way for a new campus.
Why only these types of buildings that seem difficult to recycle? Old buildings are redone constantly. The Butler Warehouse was massive and solid, without significant windows for illumination, solved by skylights. The only limitation on these buildings is imagination.
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There's a stately old 1913 building in Atlanta that was once called the Winecoff Hotel. In 1946 there was a fire there which holds the infamous record for the most deaths ever in a US hotel fire (119). Some people were incinerated or asphyxiated, while others jumped to their deaths on the pavement below.
Surprisingly, in a city where most old buildings have been razed and replaced, the old Winecoff was not demolished thereafter. For the next 70 years it fluctuated between being abandoned or some short-lived, ill-fated attempt at reuse which never lasted for long.
I only ever remember seeing it boarded up, looking like a highrise haunted house in the middle of downtown. Spooky. Cursed. Doomed.
Then, about a decade ago, some developer went all in and renovated it full monty, reopening it as a hotel again, this time renaming it the Ellis Hotel.
I often wonder if its current success is due to the passing of the generations who remembered the horror stories of the Winecoff fire, replaced with a generation who don't remember or don't care. Or, maybe it's the current popular culture's attraction to zombies and other things dark & gothic. I think I've heard some young folks talking about it saying, "maybe it's haunted!" in a tone of voice that suggested "wouldn't that be cool?".
(Our cohort Tom from Black Mountain grew up in Atlanta. I bet he remembers the stories about the Winecoff fire.)
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Only time will tell if this suggestion for use receives any better a response than did any of the previous ones . . .
The most curious of the lot is the equestrian statue of Simon Bolivar in NYC. He seems to have been an estimable man in his day, although one can only guess what he would think of the state of things in Venezuela these days. And the NY statue is not without its charm. But what does he have to do with this country that merits a prominent presence in NYC or DC?
Yes, curious indeed, would love to know the story.
New York is really such an international city though.
The current confederate monument issue is interesting to me.
Jackson and Lee were big heroes of my childhood,
when war was a beautiful game that I played with my
cousins behind rocks and trees
on the hilltops in Virginia.
Moving those statues to battlefields might be the thing to do.
Richmond will have a HUGE issue here...
Monument Avenue in that city.... will need a "compromise solution"
The plate is festooned with cotton blossoms, surrounding a wagon wheel enclosing various local architectural works, most all of which have by now been torn down rather than preserved, an exception being near the top where we see the state capitol and perhaps what appears to be a statue of a soldier, who's days are probably numbered.
Perhaps he was being facetious.
Given my understanding of Renaissance practices, casting bronze sculpture was a clever process where the core armature might be clay or some other less expensive material, then the surface destined to be the finished bronze is a layer of wax, which is then covered with more clay.
They get all that in place, then using tubes (integral to the configuration) they melt out the wax and pour molten bronze in which takes the place of the wax layer.
Anyway, that's a long explanation of why you can't just whittle away at a bronze man sitting on a bronze horse.