Old buildings tend to not be as beautiful on the inside.
If only they could revamp the old buildings with newer up-to-spec wiring and plumbing, plus a bit of remodeling on the interior walls, we could have it both ways and keep the history while making them more comfortable.
But, alas, that is much more expensive than simply tearing them down and rebuilding them (especially with builders working on the cheap) so it just doesn’t happen much. Especially not in a “free market” society where people think about the price, but not the cost. They want the cheap goods without thinking about how much of that money goes anywhere but near home and they pay for it in other ways.
I can just imagine how you feel about “New York at 8 Spruce street (by Gehry.)” [ http://www.newyorkbygehry.com/#!new-york-by-gehry ]
A building so post-modernist and ugly that you move into it so you don’t have to look at it.
But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? Why, ’tis a 150-year old sanitarium, the inspiration for H.P. Lovecraft’s Arkham Sanitarium being demolished and converted to condominiums.
I think this quote says it all.
“Julie Liedtke, who bought a three-bedroom home in the Rivermark development for $653,000 in 2002, was not bothered that the home was built on the grounds of a former mental hospital. She was lured by the concept of an urban village where she could walk to the bank or an Italian restaurant for a creamy garlic chicken pizza, her favorite.”
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