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Stadt Archiv Köln : collapse

3 Mar 2009

The historic City Archive building has collapsed into the new underground construction in Cologne. Photos of the building prior to collapse:

Cologne City Archive Cologne Stadt Archiv Stadt Archiv Köln
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The six-story archive building collapsed on 3 March 2009, along with two neighboring apartment buildings. Two residents of neighboring buildings were found dead.

Looking north – panoramic and close up:
Stadt Archiv Stadt Archiv Köln
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All archive staff and visiting archive users survived, as they were able to escape following a warning by construction workers. Around 90% of archival records were buried by the collapse, although it subsequently proved possible to rescue and repair many of them.

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