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Old Posted Jan 2, 2022, 8:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Downtown View Post
Preservation Chicago and others keep beating the drum for preservation of the Union Station steam plant, but it's not clear what could actually be saved. Unlike a powerhouse, it's not a concrete frame in which generators were installed. It's a big boiler around which some catwalks and a brick skin was placed—and that skin would at this point have to be completely replaced. So you spend $millions to take down all those bricks, remove all the useless boiler stuff, construct a new frame with actual floors and stairs and elevators, and then lay all the bricks again. That's not preservation; it's taxidermy.
And? Most of the notable structures in Europe are taxidermy then. By your logic, I guess they weren't worthy of preservation after they got bombed to oblivion during the war.
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