A user of Reddit, one of the world’s most viewed website, last week started a new subreddit that is offering a glimpse of some of the world’s most beautiful architecture lost to history.
The subreddit named ‘Lost Architecture’ that was created by architectural historian Tom Ravenscroft provides a trip through time with pictures of long lost demolished and destroyed buildings. (a subreddit is a forum dedicated to a specific topic on the website Reddit). The image-heavy subreddit commemorates beautiful pieces of architecture which no longer exists for one reason or the another.
Take a look at some of the long gone buildings:
The Palais de la Jetée
Location: Nice, France
Palais de la Jetée or the Palace of the Pier also known as The Pier-Promenade of Nice was an old building which was demolished during the second world war by the German troops. Constructed by French architect Armand Moisant, the Pier was built on piles facing the public garden. The Pier had shops, gaming rooms, restaurants, but mainly it was a casino and a theatre.
Fantoft Stave Church:
Location: Bergen, Norway
The Fantoft Stave Church was originally built in a village named Fortun. After the Church was threatened by demolition in the 19th century, it was moved in pieces to Fantoft near Bergen. However, on June 6th, 1992, the church was destroyed by arson; the first in a string of church burnings by members of the early Norwegian black metal scene. Reconstruction of the Church started soon after the fire and it was completed in 1997.
The Sands Casino Hotel:
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
The Sands Hotel and Casino was a historic hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Designed by American architect Wayne Mcallister, the sands was the seventh resort to open on the trip. The hotel was established by Texan oil tycoon Jake Freedman. Many prominent figures including popular musical artist Frank Sinatra acquired shares in the hotel. In 1960 the classic caper film Ocean's 11 was shot at the hotel, and it subsequently attained iconic status. During the 1970's, it fell into decline and its final owner, Sheldon Adelson, made the decision to shut it down and to build a brand new resort. On 26 November 1996, it was finally imploded and demolished.
La Grande Station:
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
The La Grande Station was Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway's main passenger terminal in Los Angeles, until the opening of Union Station on May 7th, 1939. After the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake, the station sustained heavy damages. The dome of the station was removed. Last operating years of the station were spent in a state of disrepair as portions of the building had to be removed. When the Union Station opened in 1939, Santa Fe moved all of its passenger services there and the building was demolished in 1946.
New Haven Coliseum:
Location: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum or the New Haven Coliseum was a sports and entertainment arena located in downtown New Haven. The Coliseum hosted a number of events since its construction. The pilot episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown was filmed at the Coliseum on April 27, 1999. However, it was officially closed on September 1, 2002, due to signs of deteriorating. The Coliseum was finally demolished by implosion on January 20, 2007.
The Lighthouse Of Alexandria:
Location: Alexandria, Egypt
Built: 280 BC
Destroyed: 1323 AD
The Lighthouse of Alexandria also known as the Pharaohs of Alexandria was a lighthouse built by the Ptolemaic Kingdom between 280 and 247 BC. For many centuries, it was one of the tallest man-made structures in the world. The Lighthouse was also one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and was the third longest surviving ancient wonder after the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the extant Great Pyramid of Giza. Badly damaged by three earthquakes between AD 956 and 1323, the Lighthouse of Alexandria later became an abandoned ruin.
The Colossus of Rhodes:
Location: Rhodes Island, Greece
Built: 280 BC
Destroyed: 226 BC
The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek Titan god of the sun Helios erected on the island of Rhodes, by Chares of Lindos in 280 BC. It was also among the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Colossus stood approximately 33 meters or 108 feet high, the approximate height of the modern Statue of Liberty from feet to crown, making it the tallest statue of the ancient world. It was destroyed during the earthquake of 226 BC and was never rebuilt.
The Kronor Castle:
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Constructed: 13th Century
The Kronor was a castle located in Stockholm on the site where Stockholm Palace is today. It is believed to have been a Citadel built into a royal castle in the middle of the 13th century. When the castle was burned down in 1697, most of Sweden's national library and royal archives were destroyed, making the country's early history unusually difficult to document.
Federal Coffee Palace:
Location: Melbourne, Australia
The Federal Hotel and Coffee Palace was a large elaborate Second Empire style hotel in Melbourne. The Federal Hotel was the grandest of the city's alcohol-free establishments, but the absence of liquor hampered the hotel's financial success. Renovations in the late 1960s did not save the hotel from declining popularity, and the owners decided to demolish and sell the site in 1973.
The Ryounkaku Tower:
Location: Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan
The Ryounkaku or cloud-surpassing tower was Japan's first western-style skyscraper in the Asakusa district. The Tower was the most popular attraction in Tokyo and a showcase for new technologies as it housed Japan's first electric elevator. After its opening in 1890, the Ryounkaku quickly became a landmark and symbol of Asakusa. However, in 1894, a tremor weakened the structure, and after the great Kanto earthquake in 1923, the tower got so severely damaged that it had to be demolished.
Bank of England:
Location: Threadneedle Street, London, England
The magnificent Bank of England constructed by English architect Sir John Soane was built between 1788 and 1833 on Threadneedle Street. The structure of Soane's Bank of England remained more or less untouched until it was demolished and a new building erected by the architect Herbert Baker between 1925 and 1939. However, Sir John’s outer wall remains in place to this day.