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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

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