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Is Chicago Tearing Down Its Architectural History?

There's a great blog called "Hello Beautiful" which reports on the demolition of small buildings that were designed by architectural legends like Mies Van Der Rohe and Walter Gropius. The blogger, Edward Lifson, is launching a campaign to save this buildings, like this one at 35th and Federal which was built between 1950 and 1951. Lifson's effort raises a question: when should a building be declared a monument and should we preserve every building designed by a famous architect?

ITT Building at 35th and Federal In Chicago

My bias, having studied architecture and city planning as a special combined degree at Texas-Arlington and then gotten my Master of City Planning at Berkeley, is to save these buildings, otherwise we have no "living" example of what architects considered to be of "cultural significance" is.

What do you think?
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