Yes and no... even in cities that suffered extensive bombings considerably more old houses fell victim to "modernisation" after the war than to war damage!triguy128 wrote:Texas_Ranger wrote:*snort* I LOVE people like that!downtowndahlgren wrote:Well, here's some input directly from a vinyl window installer. The guys who were going to do my Hardie siding (which I cancelled) were ALSO the same guys that the POs had do the vinyl siding and vinyl windows on my house in 1995. While they were schmoozing me towards the contract, the business owner commented "Hey, the windows still look good here. Normally they would have failed by now". If that isn't a self-indictment, I don't know what is.
The whole "let's throw it away and buy something new" mentality reminds me of one thing though... about 10 years ago when we were in the middle of our big renovation my mom had a friend's daughter and her boyfriend (now husband) from Germany over for a week. We talked about how we wanted to save and restore the 90-year-old oak floors and what did that schmock of a boyfriend say?!?
"Why'd you want to save that? We always get new floors and every ten years we rip them out and replace them!"
Needless to say what I think about him now... especially considering the other polite insults he dropped during that time.
I suppose it's understandable for many Germans. I remember visiting Dusseldorf and noticing how every building downtown was the same ( I think gernally ugly) 1950's style architecture... then I remembered why.... not many buildings survived the allied bombings. So I suppose its hard to have a mentality towards restoring old things when you live where few buildings are more than 60 years old.
However, I think in most cities you still find beautiful old houses if you get out of the sterile 50s/60s downtons (some cities did preserve their historic downtons though).