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  • RSmidt@mindspring.com
    Would that today we could achieve such fine architectural expression in our public spaces, whether they be railroad depots or even shopping malls. Most
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 3, 2002
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      "Would that today we could" achieve such fine architectural expression

      in our public spaces, whether they be railroad depots or even shopping

      malls. Most megalithic architecture of today is more like a blight of

      commercialism than a satisfying artistic expression of liberty and free

      enterprise.



      Reynard Wellman"



      Reynard,

      The other night just before this thread started, I had just come home from the used-bookstore with a book on Train Stations. Interesting coincidence.

      I get to go to Union Station here in Washington, DC every once in a while. At least it still has trains, even if the trains themselves aren't very magnificent anymore.

      My personal experience with disappearing railroad architecture goes back to the mid '90's when I lived in Old Towne Alexandria, VA. The old Alexandria yard was sold off to developers and then I had to move to NJ for work. 5 years later when I moved back to Virginia, the beautiful old roundhouse that I personally thought would have made a great farmers market in the center of the new devolopment or something similar had been simply bulldozed and replaced with a high rise apartment building. No trace remains that there was ever a large rail-yard there. I'm not sure, but I think the roundhouse may even have been on a historic preservation list. Anymore, even that doesn't stop developers. And worst of all, none of these new developments have any central architectural focal point that could provide a sense of community.

      Randy Smidt
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