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appendix 10 part 4

selected photographs
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demolition of the rivergate, 1995

by abbye a. gorin


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1.
18 December 1994
The original Rivergate plaque located at entrance No. 2 on Canal Street and Convention Center Boulevard. The building was dedicated 30 April 1968.


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2.
29 January 1995
View of the beginning of the demolition as seen from Canal Street and Convention Center Boulevard.


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3.
19 February 1995
View of machinery chewing into the concrete parapet at Poydras Street and Convention Center Boulevard. Bracing of the building is identical to the support method used during construction.


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4.
19 February 1995
View of the Rivergate stripped of its parapet, Canal Street and Convention Center Boulevard. The illegally destroyed urban park, Place de France, is in the foreground.


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5.
6 March 1995
View of the entrance to the underground parking garage. North Hall has been leveled. The Aquarium of the Americas can be seen in the background; Saks Fifth Avenue in One Canal Place, left.


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6.
19 March 1995
View of the completely destroyed porte-cochere exposing the giant barrels.


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7.
19 March 1995
The cityscape looking down Poydras Street, the Superdome in the far distance. The Rivergate and the Superdome were two anchor points in the city plan, 1960s.


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8.
26 March 1995
Aerial view of the demolition landscape as seen from the high-rise parking garage of One Canal Place.


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9.
2 April 1995

View of the support braces as the giant reinforced concrete barrels are brought down.


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10.
13 April 1995

Aerial view of Louisiana politics of destruction from the high-rise parking garage of One Canal Place.


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11.
13 April 1995

View of the destruction from South Peters Street. The World Trade Center is in the background.


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12.
13 April 1995

View of the final phase of the destruction.


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13.
13 April 1995

Through an opening that was once the Rivergate is a view of the Hibernia Bank Building, once the tallest building in New Orleans.


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14.
13 April 1995

View of the remains of the avant-garde masterpiece.


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15.
18 April 1995

The last remaining vestige of the Rivergate. topline2.gif (123 bytes)

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