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Pan Am Building - Concepts & Construction

- Franny Wentzel - Friday, March 19th, 2010 : goo

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The apex of mid-century modern skyscrapers in NYC, the Pan Am building was pretty much reviled from the start but it's actually a fairly nice looking building

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The initial concept was so much worse

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Luckily Emory & Roth let Walter Gropius do the design work...

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The ever-so-optimistic concept model

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Why yes... we'll build your design Mister Architect

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Lets show it to the public and pretend we care about what they think of it.

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Nothing says fun like threading though a construction site on your morning commute

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Construction pix

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Completion pix

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jack: awesome pictures, love the b & w's.

Brad: 19th Mar 2010 - 18:02 GMT

nice pictures!! i posted on my photo series, a suggestion that some of us from Citynoise, meet in philadelphia, and divide up the city in sections. 2 people per team would fan out across the city, and photograph whatever comes to mind

Franny Wentzel: 19th Mar 2010 - 18:33 GMT

Just one more construction photo...

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I half expect to see looking down from the top...

Garland Pollard: 23rd Mar 2010 - 01:55 GMT

This is great stuff! Thanks for posting. I still don't understand how they fit that giant building into that space.

Franny Wentzel: Senza rispetto

Franny Wentzel: 14th Jan 2014 - 20:51 GMT

Pan Am went bankrupt in December of 1991, victim of mismanagement and ultimately, the Gulf War's spike in fuel prices. There have been numerous (unsuccessful) attempts to revive the brand name by third parties as late as 2012.

TWA was bought out by American Airlines shortly after the turn of the century, ceasing operations under their name in December of 2001.

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