1. The Bourse of Antwerp, also known as the Antwerp Stock Exchange, holds the distinction of being the world's initial purpose-built commodity exchange. It was constructed in 1531 and underwent restoration work in 2019.
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2. A historic structure in Droitwich, United Kingdom, originally constructed in the 14th century, underwent multiple additions and modifications during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. It was carefully restored and preserved in 2017.
3. A brief reminder of what a proper renovation should resemble, as seen in Warsaw, Poland.
4. The historical textile factory located in Lodz, Poland.
5. The Schofield Building, located in Cleveland, USA, was constructed in 1902. During the 1960s, its facade was covered with panels, but in 2017, it underwent a restoration to return it to its original design
6. La Samaritaine, a prominent Parisian department store, is set to reopen its doors following an extensive 15-year restoration effort.
7. The Deutsches Buchgewerbehaus in Leipzig, Germany, was originally constructed between 1898 and 1901 and underwent a reconstruction in 2018.
8. The appearance of St. Bartholomew-The-Great's Gatehouse in Smithfield has evolved over time.
Originally constructed in 1595, at some point, part of it was covered with bricks. During a WW1 Zeppelin raid in 1916, the gatehouse was bombed, causing some of these bricks to be dislodged, revealing its underlying Tudor half-timbered design. Subsequently, it underwent restoration to its current appearance, which contrasts the way it looked in 1916.
9. A building of historical significance located in Tbilisi, Georgia.
10. Located in Konstancin-Jeziorna near Warsaw, Poland, the residence known as Villa "Anna" was originally constructed in the year 1904, and it underwent a renovation in 2021
11. Laurietta Farmhouse, located in Fayette, Mississippi, was originally constructed in 1825 and underwent a restoration process in 2014.
12. Renovation of a Historic Estate in Astashova, Russia
13. Green Gate in Gdańsk, Poland, has been wonderfully renovated, just like most of Gdańsk's Old Town, following World War II.
14. The Elks Lodge Building, located in Marshall, Texas, USA, was constructed in 1912.
While the passage of time led to alterations that marred its once stunning exterior, a dedicated effort was made in 2013 to painstakingly return it to its former splendor.
15. The former Leominster High School, constructed in 1908 and left vacant since 1986, has been acquired and meticulously refurbished over a span of two years to transform into 32 affordable housing units.
16. Schloss Brauchitschdorf
Known as Pałac W Chróstniku in Polish, is a historic palace that dates back to 1728. It underwent extensive restoration work between 2009 and 2014 and is located in Chróstnik, Poland.
17. Harlow Tower
Located in Kent, United Kingdom, was constructed between 1785 and 1852. This historic tower underwent a restoration in 2011. Soaring to a height of 170 feet, it stands as a splendid representation of Victorian Gothic architecture.
18. The historic Filipescu-Cesianu House, located in Bucharest, Romania, dates back to the year 1892.
19. Hacienda Zotoluca, originally constructed in 1710, underwent a complete reconstruction in 2016.
20. A historic home from the Victorian era located in Rarden
21. The Tsaritsyno Palace in Russia
Was left unfinished in the 18th century and lay in ruins, was fully reconstructed in the early 21st century following the original 18th-century design.
22. A comparison between 1991 and the present day at Eltz Manor in Vukovar, Croatia.
23. After three years of meticulous restoration work and the application of 300,000 golden leaves, the Versailles Royal Chapel now stands in its renewed splendor.
24. The ancient pyramids in Teotihuacan, Mexico,
25. Cook County Hospital
Located in Chicago, Illinois, was originally constructed in 1914. It ceased operations in 2002 and underwent a transformation in 2018, being repurposed into the Hyatt Place/Hyatt House.
26. Welcome to the Grand Hotel in Stockholm,
A historic establishment that dates back to 1872. Its original façade, unfortunately, was removed in the mid-20th century, but it underwent a meticulous restoration in 2018 to recapture its former glory!
27. Renovation of the Konstantinovsky Palace: A Pictorial Journey from 2000 to 2010 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
28. Massachusetts street
While it may not resemble an English manor, I genuinely admire the dedication of the homeowners of this historic three-story building on my Worcester, Massachusetts street. They've put in considerable effort to revive its original charm.
29. Eglantine House located in Hillsborough, Northern Ireland
30. Renovation of a Church in Podmoklovo, Russia
31. Post Office Established in 1884 in Călărași, Romania
32. The Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany.
33. Porbandar, India is home to Ramba Graduate Teacher's College.
34. The Andreas Gryphius Theatre in Głogów, Poland, suffered significant damage during World War II. However, it has been painstakingly restored to its original condition this year.
35. Teters House, located in Riga, Latvia
Constructed in 1912 and underwent preservation and restoration efforts in 2015, ensuring its continued existence and historical significance.
36. A historic building from the Gründerzeit era in Leipzig, located in the state of Saxony, Germany.
37. Kaiserstrasse 48 in Frankfurt, Germany, underwent a restoration in 2013, albeit not achieving complete historical accuracy.
38. The complete restoration of the village of Venzone in Italy to its former glory following a devastating earthquake is nothing short of inspirational!
39. The Revival of a Kalmyk Buddhist Temple in the Astrakhan Region of the Russian Federation.
40. James Scott Mansion, located in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
41. The magnificent Byzantine Palace located in Mystras, situated in the Peloponnese region of Greece.
42. Elizavetino Manor, located in the vicinity of St. Petersburg, Russia.
43. Zorkino, Russia
There stands a meticulously restored Lutheran church. Initially constructed for the Volga Germans, who were the pioneers of what was once a predominantly German town called Zürich (now known as Zorkino). The interior of the church has also undergone a thorough restoration, featuring wooden balconies and German inscriptions displayed above the altar
44. Experience a glimpse of history at Hotel Cișmigiu, located in the heart of Bucharest, Romania. This architectural gem, crafted by the talented Arghir Culina, has graced the cityscape since 1912.
45. Let's take a look at the difference between 2014 and 2019.
Philadelphia has experienced significant losses in its architectural heritage, but there's been a positive trend in recent years with the preservation of some remarkable gems.
46. The Nizhny Novgorod Water Pumping Station in Russia was constructed back in 1909.
47. Raudondvaris Renaissance Castle in Lithuania
During the mid-17th century, the despite being informally called a "castle," was originally designed solely for residential use. Between 1967 and 1975, efforts were made to rescue it from decay, and any later-era modifications that didn't align with its authentic historical character were removed.
48. Buda Castle's Royal Riding Hall in Hungary: Its History Pre-World War II, Postwar Transformation, and Its Present State Since 2019
49. An ancient street
An ancient street in Vilnius, Lithuania hosts a former monastery and chapel, showcasing a facade design dating back to 1834. You can view this historical site from both a detailed facade scheme and on Google Street View.
50. A foundry in Genoa, Italy dating back to 1917, which had been abandoned, has been recently revitalized and transformed into a modern polyclinic.
The restoration of historical buildings is not just a matter of preserving bricks and mortar; it's about safeguarding our connection to the past and honoring the generations that came before us. It's a testament to human determination and craftsmanship.
In a society that often rushes towards the shiny and new, we must value and support the dedicated individuals who are committed to keeping our history alive through these architectural treasures. These buildings are not just structures; they are time capsules that allow us to touch the past and gain a deeper appreciation for the richness of human history.