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Remains of the Black Building

The remaining Black Building stump shown further back, with Wideford Hill in the background - 16 May 2010. Anyone know why this was left behind?
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Picture added on 17 May 2010 at 09:11
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Black Building
Whit OIC did here wis criminal, next elections there may be some OIC councillors that will have regretted their decision to wipe this landmark building from the Orkney landscape.
Added by Kirkwallian on 17 May 2010
In reply to the Kirkwallian's comment;

Yes it is sad that such an iconic landmark has been demolished from Orkney's landscape. However something should have been done with the building decades ago, when it was salvagable. It should not have been handed to anyone who wanted it, who would then just rip it apart. I mean surely the OIC should have had some fore-sight. It would have made a fantastic museum with all the equipment etc that was left in the building, just like a very similar building in France.
Added by Nicola Muir on 18 May 2010
Jist like the Pylons, the Black Building will jist be a folk memory in a few years. A peety though.
Added by Sandy Windwick on 19 May 2010
For what it's worth I agree with Nicola Muir. The Black Building had become not so much a landmark as an eyesore. With its innards more or less intact it would have been a different matter.
Added by Ian Hourston on 19 May 2010
That is just a small piece of the floor slab covering the top of a manhole.It is outwith the line of the building.
Not a stump or access to a secret passage?
Added by Robert Shearer on 22 May 2010
I fail to see how it had become an eyesore as its external appearance hadn't really changed since the 1950s
Added by John Schollay on 28 May 2010
Surely it always was an ugly structure, but its function redeemed it. When it lost its function, and its innards, it was just an ugly structure = eyesore.
Added by Ian Hourston on 02 June 2010
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