Modern Ruins: 8 Beautiful Landmarks We Tore Down Too Soon

Jan 8, 2016 at 2:38 pm |

Out With the Old, In With the New

The times, they are a’changing. This has always been true, and it’s also always felt like people are ready to forsake the past for what they think is going to be a bright new future.

Unfortunately, whenever this happens in the world of architecture, greedy developers tend to get overeager and tear down beautiful and historic landmarks without remorse. We’ve seen this happen around the world too many times, but luckily, more people and organizations are starting to stand up against new construction in order to preserve the beautiful monuments of the past.

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New York Governor Cuomo announced this week the State’s audacious plans to move forward with a complete renovation of Penn Station, one of the East Coast’s busiest transportation hubs and, as any commuter can tell you, a dark and suffocating nightmare for travelers. It wasn’t always this way, and a hundred years ago, the original Penn Station matched the beauty of Grand Central.

Unfortunately, like so many beautiful architectural works before it, the original Penn Station was destroyed due to changing fashions and an obsession with modernization.

See other iconic monuments we’ve destroyed and lost forever.

Take a walk back through time to see the icons and monuments we chose not to save.