July 20, 2009
If you are a lover of Beautiful Architecture this will sadden you. Vast portions of Detroit are completely abandoned and here are some interesting photos that capture the essence of it all. Ballrooms, Hotels, Central Stations and Theaters; all which were the cornerstones of wealth and prosperity in America now sit in abandonment and decline. It is very sad to see a once great city take a turn for the worst.
http://www.weather.com/travel/modern-ru ... s-20130715
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April 9, 2009
Great post Capricorn, and yes it is very sad, when you really digest what we are looking at, which is not just empty building but loss of stature of the country, urban blights, economy sign of the times. First, a view of a auto plant, obviously at one time was buzzing with production, now just a rotting building. Secondly, closed and abandoned churches and schools indicates and dead and dying city, maybe the state of Michigan, and the country. that does not even have funds to demolish. Third, like you said the architectural is a sign of further dying crafts and arts in this country. Never again can these styles and designs ever be duplicated. The old Victorian house at one time was probably the envy of all the city. All these historic structures were once a sign of the USA being the strongest nation in production of almost anything, and now these industries, our steel industries, railroads are gone and crumbling. Very sad indeed.
April 9, 2009
Taking this conversation a bit further, out in California, the architecture is not like that seen in the older mid west and eastern cities. We have some Victorian homes still standing, but the images of the great old San Francisco and older inner cities, is either gone or in decay. How were these works of art, built in those days? The answer is by lifetime skilled craftsmen, who mastered the arts of real woodworking. The elaborate staircases, cabinets making, and all the woodwork trim, gingerbread, turned posts, all from quality hardwoods, Oak, Mahogany, Birdseye maple. Flooring was real tongue and groove hardwood, door hardware was solid porcelain/brass, and doors were solid fine woods. Windows were crafted from wood. Fireplaces were real, brick and masonry, a craft in itself. Plaster walls were an art. Compare that to what they do today. . Framing is stamped out sheet metal 2x4's, sheet rock walls with taped joints, prefab fireplaces with metal chimneys, stamped out window frames, luan doors, plastic trim and baseboards, press boards, slab foundations instead of raised, and modular fake wood grain kitchen cabinets. The latest, which I just had installed in my house, was Laminate flooring, that looks wonderful, is healthy, but at what expense of the art of real hardwood floors? All imitation products!
This is what we have to do in 2013 to make affordable and safe housing. Yes they are energy efficient, but how many crafts and arts are now nearly vanished? You could not make an 1890's Victorian home today, affordability, but also finding the old kind of journeyman workers of their respective trades.