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photoblog image End of a Landmark #1

End of a Landmark #1

This is Harrelson Hall, on the campus of N. C. State University (my alma mater). It was built in 1961 and is being torn down for a new building. Yes, it is a round building, famous throughout the state. Trouble is, its classrooms and offices were just too small and awkward. The URL below has a good picture and a story:

 

https://news.ncsu.edu/2015/08/harrelson-hall-reclaimed/

End of a Landmark #1

This is Harrelson Hall, on the campus of N. C. State University (my alma mater). It was built in 1961 and is being torn down for a new building. Yes, it is a round building, famous throughout the state. Trouble is, its classrooms and offices were just too small and awkward. The URL below has a good picture and a story:

 

https://news.ncsu.edu/2015/08/harrelson-hall-reclaimed/

comments (10)

Ce bâtiment est très vilain.
Larry Bliss: Le logiciel de traduction m’a donné une mauvaise traduction. Je vous remercie de votre visite et admirer la photo.
The translation software gave me a bad translation. Thank you for visiting and admiring the picture.
Always sad to see an infamous building fall...
Larry Bliss: It carries with it a lot of memories, including mine...
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Jul 2016, 04:53
I am sorry that you have to witness this. A unique building with 'many footsteps' from you in it. Now I wonder why they could not make this building into an apartment building and have units for 'starters' on the market. In The Netherlands we often use old churches or buildings for apartments.... Next door in our street was a church, now it has 3 levels apartments..
I found a link, too bad not English, but the pictures show.
http://rijksmonumenten.nl/monument/354418/st-nicolaas-pieck-en-gezellenkerk/gorinchem/
Larry Bliss: I like your idea... I'll bet none of the people in charge thought of it. In Raleigh, the philosophy tends to be tear-down-and-start-from-scratch rather than re-use. One example of re-use is my apartment building--it used to be an elementary school.... I just looked at the website you referenced. What a fantastic place! That stained glass window is amazing...
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Jul 2016, 06:27
This must have been at the cutting edge of architecture when designed Larry. Pity it turned out impractical
Larry Bliss: We have some excellent architects in Raleigh...
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 5 Jul 2016, 06:41
So much of the 60s stuff goes the way of this. Larry
Larry Bliss: It's a shame. Many modernist homes from that era are being demolished...
As it was built in the 60s it would probably have fallen down before long anyway
Larry Bliss: Interestingly, the original plan had more stories. But when they got to actual construction, the building began to sink a little and they stopped at three levels.
I remember when you showed this before Larry. Now it looks a dead ringer for the Colloseum in Rome.
Larry Bliss: It is an uncanny resemblance.
Like a modern day Roman coliseum Larry, 'cept it won't survive....
Larry Bliss: Ironic, isn't it?
It's such a sad ending to what was surely expected to be around for a long time, Larry. Too bad there wasn't enough foresight into it's lack of functionality. At least 90% of its non-hazardous materials are being recycled. YAY.
Larry Bliss: I always assume that buildings will be around practically forever... but many Raleigh landmarks have been demolished and replaced with condos...
it's a shame that the building today get torn down after only a half century Larry... round buildings have pie shaped rooms inside...
i lived in a town in Northern Quebec that built luxury apartments inside a three storey water tower... it was very cool at the time....petersmile
Larry Bliss: Coincidentally, I was an actor in a theatre that was built inside a similar tower... it was cool...

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