Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute|Troy, New York
In 1998, this rare Moorish/Victorian style building in downtown Troy was so deteriorated that the city was on the verge of demolishing it. Originally built as a six-story office building in 1871, the Rice Building was damaged in a serious fire in 1916. The 6th floor and three spires were completely destroyed. During the 1980s the building had been foreclosed for taxes and subsequently sat vacant for over twelve years. Pieces of masonry were detaching from the structure and falling to the street.