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America’s Lost Landmarks: Famous Historic Buildings And Landmarks That No Longer Exist

We all live in beautiful cities, towns, buildings, and houses, and they represent our culture and history. They also express our values and aspirations. Architecture from the past illustrates our ancestors, their lifestyles, values, and outlooks. The buildings started becoming taller since the last decades of the nineteenth century. In the 20th century, we built some of the incredible buildings and landmarks. We have demolished some iconic landmarks and buildings that once represented our culture and history.

Here below, we have compiled some of the most incredible buildings, train stations, offices, hotels, and many other architectures that we have demolished. Also, check demolished landmarks and structures of New York City.

#3 Erie County Savings Bank, Niagara Street, Buffalo, New York, circa 1908.

Erie County Savings Bank, Niagara Street, Buffalo, New York, circa 1908.

Demolished around 1970 to make room for a mall.

#4 Imperial Hotel Indianapolis, Indiana, circa 1904.

Imperial Hotel Indianapolis, Indiana, circa 1904.

It was built as the National Surgical Institute in the mid 1890s, but quickly went bankrupt. After serving as a medical school for a short time, it was converted into a hotel. In the late 1940s it was demolished for a parking lot.

#5 Detroit Post Office, 1912. The old Federal Building, a Romanesque Revival extravaganza completed in 1897.

Detroit Post Office, 1912. The old Federal Building, a Romanesque Revival extravaganza completed in 1897.

It was demolished in 1931

#11 Young’s Million Dollar Pier, Atlantic City. 1905.

Young's Million Dollar Pier, Atlantic City. 1905.

Young's Million Dollar Pier survived until 1981 when it was demolished and replaced with a concrete pier known as "Ocean One." In 2002 it became "The Pier Shops At Caesars" but is currently in foreclosure.

#12 The Wabash Bridge over the Monongahela River, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 1938.

The Wabash Bridge over the Monongahela River, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 1938.

When the terminal burned in 1946, the bridge became useless. It was demolished in 1948.

#14 Kay Hotel near the Junction of Main and Delaware Streets, Kansas City, Missouri, 1906.

Kay Hotel near the Junction of Main and Delaware Streets, Kansas City, Missouri, 1906.

It was demolished in 1952.

#15 ity Hall Post Office, New York State, 1905.

ity Hall Post Office, New York State, 1905.

Designed by Alfred Mullett, completed in 1880 and demolished in 1939.

#20 Tombs Prison N.Y. and Manhattan Criminal Courts Building in November 1907.

Tombs Prison N.Y. and Manhattan Criminal Courts Building in November 1907.

It was demolished in 1941.

#21 Hotel Manhattan, 42nd Street, New York circa 1904.

Hotel Manhattan, 42nd Street, New York circa 1904.

The Hotel Manhattan was designed by Henry Hardenbergh, architect of the Dakota Apartments and the Plaza Hotel, and built in 1896-1897. It was demolished in 1961.

#25 The Metropolitan Building, originally known as the Northwestern Guaranty Loan Building.

The Metropolitan Building, originally known as the Northwestern Guaranty Loan Building.

It was opened in 1890 and demolished in 1961.

#27 Hotel Ponchartrain Detroit, Michigan, circa 1912.

Hotel Ponchartrain Detroit, Michigan, circa 1912.

Demolished in the 1920s and now there is a Crown Plaza.

#28 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, New York, circa 1911.

Lafayette Square, Buffalo, New York, circa 1911.

It was demolished in 1960 and replaced by the current library building.

#30 Deer Island Light off Boston, 1906.

Deer Island Light off Boston, 1906.

The old lighthouse was demolished in 1982 and replaced with the new one

#31 Boardwalk and Hotel Chalfonte, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1904.

Boardwalk and Hotel Chalfonte, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1904.

It was demolished in 1980 to make room for a parking lot.

#34 Stoneleigh Court, Washington, D.C., circa 1925.

Stoneleigh Court, Washington, D.C., circa 1925.

Stoneleigh Court, completed in 1902, was home to many Washington notables over the years, including Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. It was demolished in 1965

#35 The Firs also known as the Hatheway House, located at Mile Road in New Baltimore, 1901

The Firs also known as the Hatheway House, located at Mile Road in New Baltimore, 1901

It was constructed in 1860 by Gilbert Hatheway and demolished in 2005.

#37 Post Office, Fourth Avenue and Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh circa 1904.

Post Office, Fourth Avenue and Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh circa 1904.

Built in the 1880s and demolished in 1966.

#39 Monroe Avenue and City Hall, Detroit circa 1910.

Monroe Avenue and City Hall, Detroit circa 1910.

All of these buildings were demolished about 1990.

#40 Riggs House formerly in WashingtonD.C., circa 1910.

Riggs House formerly in WashingtonD.C., circa 1910.

It was demolished in the 1950s to make way for a much larger office building.

#41 DeSoto Hotel and Jasper monument, Madison Square, Savannah, Georgia, circa 1910.

DeSoto Hotel and Jasper monument, Madison Square, Savannah, Georgia, circa 1910.

The hotel was demolished in 1968.

#42 Great Northern Hotel and office building, Chicago circa 1895-1900.

Great Northern Hotel and office building, Chicago circa 1895-1900.

It was demolished in 1940 and has since been replaced by the Dirksen Federal Building.

#43 Rhinelander Row, Seventh Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets, New York City, 1936.

Rhinelander Row, Seventh Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets, New York City, 1936.

It was demolished in 1937.

#44 Tomlinson Hall, Indianapolis, 1904.

Tomlinson Hall, Indianapolis, 1904.

It was demolished in 1958 after being gutted by a four-alarm fire.

#45 Old Maplewood estate near Lewinsville in Fairfax County, Virginia, 1925.

Old Maplewood estate near Lewinsville in Fairfax County, Virginia, 1925.

The residence was demolished in 1970

#51 The Hotel Pontchartrain in Detroit circa 1907.

The Hotel Pontchartrain in Detroit circa 1907.

It was demolished in 1920 o make way for the National Bank Building at 660 Woodward Ave.

#52 Hotel Tuler and Hotel Statler in Detroit, Michigan, circa 1920.

Hotel Tuler and Hotel Statler in Detroit, Michigan, circa 1920.

The Tuller was demolished in 1992, and the Statler went down in 2005.

#53 The Coliseum, 15th & Wabash Avenue, Chicago circa 1907.

The Coliseum, 15th & Wabash Avenue, Chicago circa 1907.

Built in 1899, closed 1971, demolished 1982.

#55 Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1905.

Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1905.

Demolished in the 1920s and replaced with the new building.

#57 Jamaica Avenue, Queens, New York, 1944.

Jamaica Avenue, Queens, New York, 1944.

It was demolished in 1977 and replaced with totally new structures.

#59 Emergency Fleet Corporation building, Washington, D.C., circa 1918.

Emergency Fleet Corporation building, Washington, D.C., circa 1918.

It closed in 1978 & was demolished a year later.

#60 Charleston orphan house, Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1900.

Charleston orphan house, Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1900.

In 1951, the Orphan House property on the corner of Calhoun and St. Philip Streets in downtown Charleston, was sold and the Orphan House itself was demolished.

#62 Detroit City Hall, Bagley Fountain and Majestic Building.

Detroit City Hall, Bagley Fountain and Majestic Building.

Old City Hall was demolished in the 1960s

#67 Grand Circus building, Detroit circa 1908.

Grand Circus building, Detroit circa 1908.

The Grand Circus building was built in 1887 by David Whitney, it was demolished in 1914.

#70 The Douglas family home in Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1895.

The Douglas family home in Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1895.

It was demolished in 1960 to make way for a nursing home.

#71 Powerhouse of the Great Southern Hotel, Gulfport, Mississippi, circa 1906.

Powerhouse of the Great Southern Hotel, Gulfport, Mississippi, circa 1906.

It was demolished in the 1980s.

#74 Planters Hotel, Fourth and Chestnut, St. Louis circa 1901.

Planters Hotel, Fourth and Chestnut, St. Louis circa 1901.

It was completed in 1893 and demolished in 1976.

#76 Mechanics Hall, Huntington Avenue, Boston, 1906.

Mechanics Hall, Huntington Avenue, Boston, 1906.

Demolished in 1959 to make way for Prudential Center.

#80 Shoreham Hotel, 15th and H Streets N.W., Washington, D.C., circa 1917.

Shoreham Hotel, 15th and H Streets N.W., Washington, D.C., circa 1917.

It was demolished in 1929.

#81 St. Paul Building, New York, 1901.

St. Paul Building, New York, 1901.

One of the first structures to be called a skyscraper, the 26-story St. Paul was completed in 1898 and demolished 60 years later.

#83 National Bank of Savannah, Bull Street, Georgia circa 1907.

National Bank of Savannah, Bull Street, Georgia circa 1907.

It was completed in 1905 and demolished in 1975.

#85 Monticello Hotel, Norfolk, Virginia, 1902.

Monticello Hotel, Norfolk, Virginia, 1902.

The original hotel was destroyed by a fire on New Year's Day in 1918, and rebuilt in 1919. It was demolished in 1976 as part of Norfolk's ongoing urban renewal project.

#90 Illions Theater, Chicago, 1907.

Illions Theater, Chicago, 1907.

Built in 1900, shuttered during the Depression and demolished in 1936.

#94 Masonic Temple, State Street, Chicago, September 11, 1900.

Masonic Temple, State Street, Chicago, September 11, 1900.

It was completed in 1892 and demolished in 1939.

#95 Gillender Building, New York circa 1900.

Gillender Building, New York circa 1900.

It was completed in 1897, met the wrecking ball in 1910.

#96 Hotel Shelburne, Atlantic City circa 1910.

Hotel Shelburne, Atlantic City circa 1910.

Originally built in 1869 and over the years went through a slew of owners and renovations before finally being demolished 117 years later in 1986.

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#97 Tremont Street building, Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1906.

Tremont Street building, Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1906.

It was demolished in the early 1950s and for many years its former site stood empty as a parking lot.

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