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  1. That's basically the present plan that Emmett put through.
  2. "Oh yeah? Closed, you say? Well... let's see if Abe Lincoln makes you say otherwise!" (side wink at girlfriend) "Umm, sorry, the roof really is closed."
  3. I've heard that everyone in that apartment complex has had to move out and the entire complex will be demolished. Not sure if true; I can't believe none of that complex is salvageable. Doesn't say much about our wooden stick construction on these midrises.
  4. Their website's list of core values begins with "Embrace History." They are based out of a historic house on Avondale Street. I think we should be okay. This is going to overlook the North Canal if/when it gets built.
  5. I should note that I am not firmly in the "highest floor" camp, just keeping the debate open. This also famously played out in the race between the Chrysler building and the Manhattan Co. building to be the tallest in the world, where a long spire was hidden secretly inside an elevator shaft of the Chrysler until the Manhattan Co. building was completed, then triumphantly raised up above the roof to steal the record back.
  6. It is indeed. People viewing this museum by helicopter will feel their knees wobble and their jaws drop. People visiting it on the ground will have to rely on photographs for the full effect.
  7. But occupancy by humans is more in the nature of a building than of a mountain. For instance, an office building is a building that allows people to office inside. So when the Petronas Towers were declared taller than the Sears Tower, it struck many as a sham, since the Sears had a higher office floor, while the Petronas relied on a spire. I think this may also affect 600 Travis' rank as tallest building in the South vs. the BoA building in Atlanta.
  8. I thought I was being pretty generous to concrete. If only a few architects have realized its possibilities as a poetic material, then it is probably not the most poetic material. Still a poetic material in certain hands.
  9. Amazing that those houses would be demolished for parking when a streetview shows hardly any parallel parking along the street. Why park on the street when we can just tear down some of them old houses?
  10. Do the billionaire wives actually use Memorial Park or do they just have expansive lawns to look out on?
  11. Is there any actual chance of the opposition stopping this? Where in the process is such a chance most likely to be? This is reminding me of the opposition to widening the Katy Freeway back in the early 2000's. Some e-mail groups, some visionary op-eds in the Chronicle, some quotes from experts saying that widening freeways never has worked or will work, and... nothing. The widening took place. I do think there was a successful opposition that stopped the widening of the West Loop to 24 lanes in the early 90's, but that was before my time.
  12. I couldn't find your comments in May 2018. But I'm not sure how it affects the issue of whether the main 1960's building is preservation-worthy.
  13. It does not have red brick, arched windows, keystones, wood timber beams, or detailed stonework. However, the giant concrete columns will be a sight to behold in our era of cheap disposable construction. I know, I know - concrete. Not the most poetic material. But think of the cistern on Buffalo Bayou. It has a certain "pillars of the earth" quality. The fact that this thing is strong enough to hold a rooftop garden with public gathering is pretty remarkable - no modern distribution center roof is built so strong. They didn't mess around when they built post office buildings. Even neighborhood post offices are a nightmare to tear down. There was a certain "we are the new Rome and we're going to build like Rome" mindset in the USPS in the 20th century. This may not have the Beaux Arts classicism of the Farley building in NYC but where it counts, in durability and utility, it evokes something of a classical spirit.
  14. This has changed quite a bit in recent years. Welcome to the forum, btw.
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