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Chuck Berry’s swimming pool, 1957

Chuck Berry was not the retiring type. In 1957 he opened Berry Park, a grand leisure resort built in his honour that boasted a golf course and a nightclub. The star attraction, aside from Berry himself, was a swimming pool built in the shape of a guitar. It has since been filled in, but set a trend for hotels

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Board & Room

The Cardboard Cathedral, constructed as simple A-frame structure from 98 equally sized cardboard tubes and 8 steel shipping containers, is said to be one of the safest, earthquake-proof buildings in Christchurch, New Zealand. Aside from the building’s structural integrity, each paper tube is coated waterproof polyurethane and flame retardants while protected by a semi-transparent, polycarbonate roof.

Shigeru Ban, who has been developing the recycled tubes as an emergency relief building material since 1986, declared that “the strength of the building has nothing to do with the strength of the material.” He stated, “Even concrete buildings can be destroyed by earthquakes very easily, but paper buildings cannot.” [Arch Daily]

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Thanks For The Memcories

Memco was the East Coast version of the department store Gemco

until the company went kaput in 1986

but the buildings live on!

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Monumental

cap stone of Washington Monument without lightning rods

monument cyu

wash mounment apex

by Theodor Horydczak

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