Architecture: Monuments Just Don't Pay

"This is where the America we know began," said Professor William Pierson of Williams College. "You could write the whole history of industrial architecture and technology of the 19th century right here." Professor Pierson was referring to one of the U.S.'s most imposing and historic industrial landmarks, the Amoskeag millyard, whose 139 red brick buildings line the banks of the Merrimack River for more than a mile in Manchester, N.H. This month the Amoskeag will begin to fall to the wrecker's ball. Ninety of the complex's buildings will be replaced with parking lots, and the moss-hung, mirror-clear canals that...

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