drbubb Posted April 16, 2017 Report Share Posted April 16, 2017 Historical Buildings - a new focus for gentrification and growth I take it as a very positive sign that Filipinos are rediscovering their architectural heritage and moving to preserve their history, and restore the glory of some of the older parts of Manila A New Life for Old buildings ( Apr. 16, Manila Bulletin, pg 14) Slowly but surely, conservationists are getting heard and noticed for their work in integrating old buildings into our city Buildings mentioned in the article: + Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, built 1934 - Art Deco, designed by Juan Arellano + Private Residence on Guevarra St, San Juan > now Cafe Ysabel, an iconic restaurant + Tutaban's old central railway station, is now a very popular shopping mall (now owned by POPI / Ayala) + The Henry Manila, in Pasay City has been converted into a successful boutique hotel, from two palatial homes built in 1948 + Quezon Vacation House was relocated from New Manila to Quezon Memorial Circle, a not too distant move, and its function of being a reminder of a famous President is preserved + Bahay Nakpil-Bautista, a wooden house built in 1914 is now a museum + Teodora's is a restaurant run by the grandson of the original owner of a mid-20th century home + Other buildings have been less-succesfully preserved, like Joy Cinema, in Libertad and Bellevue Cinema in Paco, are (just) clothing stores Successful gentrification works best, when the new purpose of a building helps to remind people of the original purpose of the building. Makati's Nielsen Tower was built in 1937, when the Ayala Avenue CBD was the country's first civilian airport. It is now part of a high end restaurant run by Colin MacKay, who respects and values its history. The restaurant is named after the Blackbird, one of the fastest planes every built (in its time.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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