Transitions

RESTORED 1941 Parachute Jump, Brooklyn, N.Y.: 277-foot illuminated attraction at Coney Island, modeled after towers used to train paratroopers in 1930s, now relit for first time since 1960s

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Navarre Cabin, South Bend

Credit: ?2006 The Northern Indiana Center for History

c. 1820 Navarre Cabin, South Bend, Ind.: log structure built by region's first European settler, now interpretive site for pioneer life, reopened after $155,000 restoration that included installation of new foundation and roof as well as repair of logs, windows, front door, and structural elements

LOST c. 1740 Almy House, Dartmouth, Mass.: colonial manse, where ornithologist John James Audubon was weekend guest and Gen. George Patton rode to hunt, razed in June after six-month demolition moratorium passed

1882 "the Room" house, New York City: Upper East Side four-story townhouse, where FDR's intelligence confidants regularly met before World War II, exploded in July from apparent gas leak

1964 Christian Science Pavilion, Poway, Calif.: 25-foot heptagonal dome atop religious exhibit space, designed by Edward Durell Stone for 1964 New York World's Fair and transported in 1966 through Panama Canal to southern California, demolished this summer after congregation's attempts to sell were unsuccessful

1898 Middle Georgia Mill, Eatonton, Ga.: built for leading dairy farmer Benjamin Hunt and later bought by Imperial Cotton; developer salvaged structure's pine and bricks, then demolished structure for townhouses on site

THREATENED 1933 Hangar One, Mountain View, Calif.: 17-story hangar built in early Space Age covers area equal to seven football fields and features two 500-ton doors; Navy officials are deciding whether to replace structure's toxic metal skin or raze it altogether

1962 Bell Labs, Holmdel, N.J.: six-story, two-million-square-foot glass structure, built for AT&T Corp.—where scientists developed the laser, fiber optic communication, cell phones, and microwaves—was one of architect Eero Saarinen's final designs; current owner plans to demolish it for new offices

SAVED 1899 Abbott Methodist Church, Abbott, Tex.: after dwindling congregation decided to relocate, country music singer Willie Nelson, who honed his musical skills there as a boy, reopened structure in July to remain as church

1912 Pickford Theater, Chicago: prominent in Bronzeville neighborhood's early-20th-century African American theater, motion picture, and music scenes, brick structure with steel-trussed roof contains original movie screen wall, plaster details, and proscenium arch; local Catholic high school plans to convert it to 300-seat auditorium 

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