Update: Demolition was completed by October of 2021.
Like many things in life, it takes more time to get going, but then once you get started, it starts going fast. Such is the case with the demolition of the Queeny Tower, which is now coming down quickly. They were working well into the evening last Saturday, surely to completely demolition as fast as possible. Then a new building is rising in its place.
Above, you can see the brown tarp-covered hole where the bridge once connected the two main towers to each other.
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I suppose we shouldn’t expect anything but another bland tower to compliment all the rest of the bland towers on the site. The complex is a jumble of missed opportunities.
I’m actually curious what your thoughts are of the architectural merits of the building that is being demolished.
The building being demolished had some interest by the fact that it had that arched 60’s ‘neo classical’ colonnade at the base. That distinguished it from so many of the boring buildings in the medical complex. Many towers of that era just abruptly offered a street level design that does not address the streetscape. So much is built that only addresses maximum floor space. I’ve observed that Downtown Clayton has many examples of that modernist phenomenon. All in all though, I rarely weep when a modernist building comes down. I’ve never thought less was ‘more’. Thanks.
Ah yes, the base that held the parking garage and the smokers’ lounge.