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    I have often tried to picture what Liverpool would be like if it had kept some of its finest buildings. Does it matter if buildings are lost? To quote William Morris: ‘It has been most truly said that these old buildings do not belong to us only: that they belonged to our forefathers and they will [...]

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    I agree Colin.

    See this thread here:

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    When an antique is too far gone for restoration but we get it restored, it no longer becomes an antique.

    Customs house was an antique.

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    It's just a pity that so many buildings of the past of outstanding architecture, the likes of which will never be built again, unless its green glass and steel, were allowed to succumb to rot and the iron ball. Athens and Rome kept theirs even if it were only ruins.
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    Hi George,
    In that case the Albert Dock should have been turned into a car park as proposed in the 1970s. There are many other buildings - warehouses, churches etc. which have been imaginatively restored. Look at the Novas building on Parliament Street as just one recent example. The external fabric of The Custom House was sound enough and the building should have been saved. There was a campaign to save it, led by Peter Fleetwood-Hesketh, but in the immediate post-War years, the politicians were chasing a different vision of the future.

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    Correct Colin. St. Lukes was nearly lost to road widening scheme which saw the UAB/Dole building on Leece lost in the 80s. It didn't go ahead.

    We also lost the Georgian terrace on the opposite side of Seymour street (to the one so greatly restored) - to the Shankland plan for road widening within the city centre - most of which didn't come off, including this part of it.

    Even the St. Georges Hall was being left to wrack and ruin at one stage before restoration. If done sympathetically to the period the building is from, there's not a problem with restoration.

    The original Exchange Flags and Cotton Exchange frontages were so ornamental.
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