Matthew Freedman writes an editorial from London in World Architecture News:
In 1965, along with 20,000 others, Allen Ginsberg saw the Beatles play Skidmore Owings and Merrill’s Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon, and then he wrote a poem about it: “the million children / … / become one animal / in the New World Auditorium”.
Of course, there is no inherent reason why a bunch of disparate cultural and historical factors should ensure the preservation of anything. The Beatles played here at the height of their fame; a towering American poet commemorated it in a poem; it’s a significant mid-twentieth century work in the canon of a respected architectural practice; it contains a major war memorial — this is the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, to use its full name. But none of these, even the last, should guarantee automatic survival.
News of the Coliseum fight has also reached the Historic Preservation Magazine, for those keen to catch up on their reading.
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