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Then and now: 12 iconic American buildings that fell from grace

Business Insider | May 16, 2018, 12.16AM IST

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The original Penn Station in New York City is one of many buildings that has fallen from grace. It was sold and demolished in 1962.

  • America is home to some of the most iconic buildings in the country.
  • But some of the country's most notable buildings are the ones that have fallen from grace.
  • They include demolished skyscrapers like New York's Singer Tower and abandoned wonders like Houston's Astrodome and San Francisco's Sutro Baths.


American cities are always being rebuilt.

While cities like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco boast some of the most iconic buildings in the country, they also contain some notable buildings that have fallen from grace.

New York City's Singer Tower, for example, was once the tallest building in the world, but was knocked down in 1968 to make room for an even taller skyscraper.

The Astrodome in Houston, once a marvel of stadium design, is still standing, but fell into disrepair and has been closed for nearly a decade.

Read on to learn about some of America's iconic buildings that have fallen from grace:

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