July 21, 2009

It was modern in the 60s

Beside the main building of Quezon City Hall stands this squat, oddly-shaped building with a relief featuring Manuel L. Quezon, some Quezon City landmarks, and the industries and products for which the city was known at the time the hall was built. The main building was severely damaged by a fire in the 1980s and renovated extensively, but this unusual structure has remained unchanged since the 1960s. (It also looks like it hasn't been washed since then, but I digress.) I believe its architectural style is now called Mid-Century Modern. I've lived in Quezon City all my life, but I still don't know what's in there.

Quezon City Hall


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19 comments:

James said...

That's very interesting building.
Hilda your mission if you choose to accept it is to find out more about that building. :-)

Rob said...

Reminds me a lot of some buildings seen in Cuba, dirt included. Sometimes, I'm really glad the 60es are over. And sometimes, I really miss them. C'est la vie, I suppose.

glasgowdailyphoto said...

Although it's a very distinctive style, it kind of reminds me of Soviet architecture, with the inspirational art on the front and sides of so many buildings.
Jackie

Dina said...

It looks very ... shall we say, heavy.

Lois said...

It's kind of dreadful looking isn't it?

Vogon Poet said...

This is really an ugly building. I think every city has at least one rapresentative of this category of the 60's Mid-Century Modern monsters.

bfarr said...

It looks like a parking deck...or a government building. You better get in there and check it out.

the donG said...

i just saw it from afar. i think i need to explore its interior. it might still have some of the old historical items displayed.

Jacob said...

Odd, but oddly fascinating. How could you not go in there and find out what it's all about?

Maybe they have a suggestion box and you could suggest they clean it up!

Love the photo! You have so many interesting things and places in Manila!

Louis la Vache said...

(«Louis» in his best W.C. Fields voice....) Ah! Yes! A fine specimen of the '60s Atom Bomb Bunker School of Architecture!

Don and Krise said...

Actually, mid-century modern and atomic era are a couple of my favorite periods when it comes to building design. It's not for everybody, but I find it appealing.

Olivier said...

la fresque est très belle, mais en effet un petit peu de nettoyage serait bien
the fresco is very nice, but in effect a little cleaning would be definitely

Avignon said...

That can be called "military art"...

Abe Lincoln said...

I does look something like the military had some influence here.

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Your EG Tour Guide said...

Funny how we don't visit some of the most interesting places close to our homes...but travel to see what's available far away. ;-)

B SQUARED said...

It really is oddly shaped. I agree with you, it needs a bath.

Ming the Merciless said...

I lived in NYC for over a decade and there are many buildings and places where I've never been into. :-)

Thanks for reminding us/me of the theme day.

Halcyon said...

This building has not aged well.

I am really looking forward to the August theme. I think I voted for September already, but I'll have to check again.

Jarart said...

I like it! It looks very retro. A little presure washing and it would be good as new.