Today I learned about Archer’s Garage in Dublin Ireland, an Art Deco listed building. In 1999 it was demolished by a developer, who was then forced to rebuild it at his own expense to avoid prosecution. comeheretome.com/2017/11/…
The home of Ex-Taiwan president's home in Hangzhou, China turned into a McDonald's restaurant. Local authorities had been trying to rent out the building, which is officially listed as a historical site, for years theguardian.com/world/201…
The Hancock Whitney Center has been the tallest building in New Orleans and Louisiana since 1972. During Hurricane Katrina, the building weathered the storm with minimal damage, such as blown out windows and rain damage. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2018 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Today I learned of the 18th century English Gentleman, Cesar Picton. Born in Senegal, Africa and 'gifted' aged 6, along with two birds, to the Philipps family - Picton used money left to him to build his own business empire. His residence, Picton House, stands in Kingston as a listed building today. surreycc.gov.uk/heritage-…
In 2010, record label EMI put the famous Abbey Road Studios up for sale due to increasing debts, putting the building under the threat of developers redeveloping the site into luxury flats. The UK government intervened by declaring it a listed building, protecting it from any future alterations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abb…
Carrick remained on the River Clyde until 1989 when it was damaged by flooding. In order to safeguard the vessel it was protected as a listed building, but in 1991 it sank at its mooring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
There is a lamp-post in the centre of Cambridge, England that is named "Reality Checkpoint". Not only is it the only lamppost in the world with an officially recognised name, it also belongs to the UK's listed buildings registry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rea…
Over 65,000 properties in Baltimore are designated as historic buildings and listed in the NRHP, more than any other U.S. city. "We haven't nominated the entire city yet, but we're pretty close," said the Maryland Historical Trust baltimoresun.com/bs-bz-hi…
The Guinness Book of World Records lists the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea as the tallest unoccupied building in the world. The building has 105 floors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryu…
Until 2010, the real tallest man-made structure in the world was a 2,063-foot TV broadcast tower in North Dakota, which can be ascended via elevator or ladder. It's usually not counted in "tallest building" lists because it's supported by guy-wires attached to the ground. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KVL…
The Kingdom Tower, a future skyscraper that's 1008 meter high, will top the list as tallest man-made building when completed in 2019 or 2020 bbc.com/news/uk-england-l…
Robert Hutchings Goddard was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket. NASA lists him as holding 214 patents related to rocketry. Some issued after his death in 1945. history.msfc.nasa.gov/god…
In 2007, the World Monuments Fund placed the historic skyline of St. Petersburg on its Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites due to the potential construction of a 400m building, and in 2009 reported that a superhigh tower "would damage the image of Russia" news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europ…
Japanese Knotweed is listed by the World Conservation Union as one of the world's worst invasive species. It can damage buildings, roads and architectural sites, and it's considered an epidemic in the UK, where it has spread nationwide. It is illegal to have it on your property in Austrailia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
In 2000 the Washington Post released the names of the men who lynched an innocent man in 1915. On the list were several prominent citizens - including a Methodist minister - whose names are on the town's signs, buildings, shopping centers and law offices today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, stood for a mere 50 years before it was destroyed by an earthquake. Its ruins stood and attracted visitors for way longer than the original statue (reportedly hundreds of years) before it was finally recycled for scrap metal. simplethingcalledlife.com…
The primary purpose of a Castle's moat was to prevent attackers from tunnelling under the walls. medievalcastles.stormthec…

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