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Beaumont Medical Building
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts museum -- a beautiful modernist building by Japanese architect Tadao Ando -- has risen in the Beaumont's place; it opened in 2000.

It is encouraging that the complex wasn't torn down simply for the purpose of lowering the city's vacant building figures, but I still must question why this particular site was needed. There's an equally large vacant lot right across the street. Perhaps the rehab costs were too high; perhaps there was pressure to get rid of the "eyesore"; maybe the Pulitzer organization didn't want a massive vacant building as their neighbor.

The Beaumont, to my casual glance at least, could have served any number of much-needed purposes in the scheme of Midtown's revival: residential apartments, office space, academic uses. It is a shame that nothing of the sort happened.

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