'9 of the Most Beautiful Buildings We Ever Tore Down'


“The years between 1880 and 1920 changed American cities completely: From elevators to air conditioning to electricity, the monumental buildings born during this period seemed like living things, humming with life. But as quickly as they rose, many of them were torn down—victims of the same progress that pushed them up.”

Such a shame about these buildings, particularly the Chicago Federal Building. I wonder what architecture we will be mourning in 2050.

(Also: did you know I wrote a beginner's guide to urban design a year ago?)