What a great series of pictures! It's easy to feel sad about old buildings being destroyed, but the close-ups of the remaining timbers speak volumes about why it might be necessary.
There is such a science, an art, really, to the careful demolition of buildings. This all looks very scientific and precise, but I still want to grab the arms of those guys in the last pics in #7 and pull them out of the way.
Anyway... goodbye Paris! At least part of it. Actually, quite a few façades are saved now, which is what is obviously happening in #7, even when everything built behind the façade is brand new. Actually, what you can see at the back of #4 is the same thing of which you can see the front at #7.
Ha ha ha... the new construction is almost finished now, and I am the only one here who knows what they have put in that space! (Yes, I have pictures of everything.)
Looking at the cracks in the facade, it's amazing that they decided to keep it.
I have seen that kind of keeping the facade in various places, but usually with more impressive front walls. I guess the policy in Paris is to maintain the homogeneity as much as possible. Compared to the horrible hotels put up along the Seine back in the 1970s (?), it's a good idea. On the other hand, it keeps Paris a bit museum-like and I find it lacks the brash and exciting atmosphere of cities like those in the pictures posted by Ilbonito on other threads.
Great, interesting group of pictures, Kerouac, but the fourth one in #23 and the one in #24 are truly wonderful. They're both sort of other-worldly, in different ways. I love the tone and texture in the last one.
The "Grand Hôtel des Vosges" is from a few years ago, and I am sorry to say that I am not even sure exactly where it was anymore. As you can imagine, those city blocks have become totally something else.
It might be interesting to mention in the photos above that one that the building still standing (not the one being torn down) is the former location of the Ganesha temple. I'm not sure if that building is coming down, too, but I'm going to keep an eye on it.
I would say that they risk their lives creeping up rotten staircases in pitch darkness and then they work with lighting they have to bring themselves, because the windows are all cemented up long before demolition. Then they just keep their fingers crossed that their 'art' will remain visible when the building comes down. I bet there are many cases where the ancient wallpaper suddenly peels off and makes nought of their efforts.
That photo with Grand Hôtel des Vosges is really exceptional. Except for the metal barrier and a perfect few little splashes of color it is almost a perfect sepia-tone. It has some nice emotional subtext too but I don't want to gush ;D