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lawsond Oct 1, 2008 4:30 PM

^^^

whoah. sorry for the gigantic nighttime shot.

SLO Oct 1, 2008 9:22 PM

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Originally Posted by AdrianXSands (Post 3827556)
breaking the rules, but this is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, so...




säynätsalo town hall / alvar alto

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...oTownHall4.jpg
wiki

Sorry dude, normally I wouldnt comment in a negative fashion, but this has nothing going for it....

JivecitySTL Oct 1, 2008 11:54 PM

St. Louis City Hall is modeled after the famous Hotel de Ville in Paris:

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_gpkXyrGq7Eo/R0...E/DSCN3476.JPG
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_gpkXyrGq7Eo/R0...E/DSCN3476.JPG

texcolo Oct 2, 2008 12:58 AM

Dallas' old city hall, a neoclassical beaux-arts gem. The building is currently unoccupied. This is a shot of the building from a park that is currently being built / installed. Across from that park is the Mercantile Tower complex... aka hundreds of new condo units.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/dallassights/R5...0/IMGP5550.JPG

And Dallas' new city hall, a daring structure built by IM Pei. It sits on a large '70's style plaza on the south end of downtown. I don't care what you all say, I like it. It has juevos. When I was a wee lad, I thought the large round columns were elevators, and criminals were sent down the elevators to the jail below. No, there is no jail in the basement.

http://www.bluffton.edu/~Sullivanm/t...gledistant.jpg

The Dallas Public Library sits to the north of the plaza and leans away from City Hall...

http://imagesofmorocco.com/images/da...entra_g7hd.jpg

Dallas City Hall with Henry Moore sculpture. The large window is the mayor's office.

http://www.galinsky.com/buildings/da...scityhall1.jpg

A famous artist's interpretation of said building...

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...yHallBig-1.gif

Tom Servo Oct 2, 2008 3:16 AM

philadelphia's city hall is probably the ugliest piece of beaux arts crap ever built. the word graceless fails to summarize its architectural awkwardness.

futuresooner Oct 2, 2008 3:22 AM

Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County City Hall
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30116180@N00/2416543835/

CGII Oct 2, 2008 1:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AdrianXSands (Post 3834510)
philadelphia's city hall is probably the ugliest piece of beaux arts crap ever built. the word graceless fails to summarize its architectural awkwardness.


And yet it has captivated and inspired millions of people who see it every day and has entwined itself so well into the culture and spirit of Philadelphia.


What a failure.

Atomic Glee Oct 2, 2008 1:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AdrianXSands (Post 3834510)
philadelphia's city hall is probably the ugliest piece of beaux arts crap ever built. the word graceless fails to summarize its architectural awkwardness.

This from the man who says that Boston's nightmarish piece of anti-urban streetscape-destroying Brutalist insanity is beautiful.

I know you've got your dogma to follow, but man, I really doubt you'll find many people to even begin to agree with your statement about the Philly city hall. It's a gorgeous bit of classic civic monument. I'm guessing you wish they'd tear it down to build an oddly-shaped concrete box but I think most of us are glad that you're in the minority on that one.

Uptowngirl Oct 2, 2008 5:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AdrianXSands (Post 3834510)
philadelphia's city hall is probably the ugliest piece of beaux arts crap ever built. the word graceless fails to summarize its architectural awkwardness.

And while I'm sure you are a nice guy :tup:
Please don't ever come within 1000 miles of where I live and design a building...EVER.:haha:

glowrock Oct 2, 2008 6:03 PM

Adrian is absolutely insane. Philly's city hall is gorgeous!

Speaking of nice city halls, how about Denver's City and County Building? Sorry for no photo, but I'm sure someone's got a nice one! :)

Aaron (Glowrock)

SLO Oct 2, 2008 8:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AdrianXSands (Post 3834510)
philadelphia's city hall is probably the ugliest piece of beaux arts crap ever built. the word graceless fails to summarize its architectural awkwardness.

"shock value"

plinko Oct 2, 2008 9:01 PM

Denver
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...0II/DEN214.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...0II/DEN213.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...0II/DEN368.jpg

SLO Oct 2, 2008 10:07 PM

^^Outstanding, I love the curve...

waterloowarrior Oct 2, 2008 11:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Nowhereman1280 (Post 3828990)
^^^ I actually quite like the TO city hall, I just wish it were in better condition, it always makes me sad to see nice modernist buildings in poor shape.

It looks pretty good considering it was blown up by a neutron bomb in 2002

Patrick Oct 2, 2008 11:28 PM

Los Angeles!

I'm biased, it's not my favorite, but It surely is up there! :yes: Completed in 1928, it rises 32 floors, and was LA's tallest from 1928 to 1964. It still stands as the base isolated structure in the world. Today it is an LA icon and the symbol of the LAPD badges.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...tyHall1931.JPG
(wikipedia)

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/35/10...9a7eccf4_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_javabean/105103767

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/...2237ab5a_o.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/32912172@N00/2745339794/

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3158/...75937745_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/12549675@N05/2413925452/

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2065/...aa2f6648_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/atwatervillage/2527136694/

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3029/...da7cd92d_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7294653@N07/2556988047/

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3050/...29ea1783_o.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7294653@N07/2552914858/

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3065/...baa3a0b3_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7294653@N07/2552261003/

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3022/...94ecbe1e_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7294653@N07/2553077100/

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3089/...6f47d08f_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7294653...7605478158233/

DCCliff Oct 3, 2008 12:13 AM

I'm surprised no one has yet hit onthe Pasadena, California City Hall. Don't have a pic handy; hope someone does.

ChrisLA Oct 3, 2008 12:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DCCliff (Post 3836356)
I'm surprised no one has yet hit onthe Pasadena, California City Hall. Don't have a pic handy; hope someone does.

Me too, that and Beverly Hills.

WonderlandPark Oct 3, 2008 1:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AdrianXSands (Post 3834510)
philadelphia's city hall is probably the ugliest piece of beaux arts crap ever built. the word graceless fails to summarize its architectural awkwardness.

Thank freaking god someone has the balls to say it, but I too, hate the thing. I can't believe that Philly held its skyline down for decades because of that tower.

Taste here seems to be damn conservative. The more columns and crap, the better. I will take LA or Austin's city halls over most of the others posted here any day. Denver is downright dreadful and a banal copy of psuedo-government architecture of 100 years ago: "lets just grab elements from the US Capitol and White House and make a government building"

At least Dallas and Boston tried to use a brain cell or two and do something original, as much as I hate wide open plazas.

texcolo Oct 3, 2008 1:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WonderlandPark (Post 3836446)
Thank freaking god someone has the balls to say it, but I too, hate the thing. I can't believe that Philly held its skyline down for decades because of that tower.

Taste here seems to be damn conservative. The more columns and crap, the better. I will take LA or Austin's city halls over most of the others posted here any day.

Yup. Taste here is on the safe side. I really like LA's and Phoenix's halls. What, no love for the Big 'D' hall???? I love it. Austin's is interesting.

Again, AdrianXsands, when tearing into a piece of architecture, people will respect your opinion more, if you ELABORATE. Is Philly massed wrong, is the choice of materials, is the lay out????

America 117 Oct 3, 2008 1:45 AM

More of chicago city hall
http://static.zooomr.com/images/3743...5f_o.jpg?r=360
http://de.zooomr.com/photos/openseas/3743403/
Inside the city hall
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1261/...702623.jpg?v=0
http://flickr.com/photos/9611697@N07/1198570066/
The green roof of the city hall
http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/green-rooftop-1.jpg
http://science.howstuffworks.com/green-rooftop.htm
both city halls
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_VjmCkQdNuBI/Rp...U/CIMG2771.JPG
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...QG8QRjlfXFe4OA


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