I.M. Pei & Associates, Master Plan for Genesee Crossroads, Rochester, NY. 1960.
This design is interesting the sense that the Miesian building in the center straddles the Genesee River. Several elements of this proposal were lifted from another project by Pei, Kip’s Bay Plaza in NYC. This proposal was ultimately rejected, although future proposals for the site drew upon Pei’s ideas.
Rochester’s NY Central Station, mid demolition.
This station was designed by Claude Fayette Bragdon, a highly influential twentieth century architect based in Rochester, NY. Unfortunately, the station was demolished in 1978, but the city is making an attempt to rebuild it on a reduced scale starting in 2013.
Solbrinken Ordinary House by In Praise of Shadows. Nacka, Sweden
Pump House & Steam Blower House by Heinrich Böll
As someone who grew up in (and since returned to) a post-industrial city, I find these two buildings particularly interesting. Where I live, there is an abundance of unused industrial facilities, where unappreciated buildings are often torn down to make way for fresh pavement. (however, there are exceptions.) As cities like my own shift away from their industrial past, I think it is important to preserve what is already standing through renovation and selective demolition.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s home for his son David is facing the wrecking ball.
Interestingly enough, this house shares many design elements with the Guggenheim Museum.
Houseboat on the Eilbek Canal by Sprenger Von Der Lippe
“When America was America”
Stowe TT at Rochester’s most under appreciated building, 1 East Ave (Taken with picplz at Bank of America in Rochester, NY.)
Minoru Yamasaki’s McGregor Center to get $1.8 M restoration.