With the "Buildings of Disaster" series (begun in 1997 and continuing today), Constantin Boym and Laurene Leon Boym (i.e. Boym Designs) created replicas of famous and infamous structures where some tragic or terrible events took place. They offered them as "souvenirs" for our time. Souvenirs of human tragedy, even violent events, are a part of our "object-history," as they termed them. Each year crowds of people visit the battlefield of Gettysburg, as well as the site of the car crash which killed Diana, Princess of Wales. Source.
here). As that essay notes, Constantin Boym described them as an "alternative history of architecture."
The Boyms issued a limited gold-plated Buildings of Disaster in 2007 (see here). The eight buildings in this series were Neverland Ranch, WTC 9/11, OJ Car Chase, Pentagon 9/11, Watergate, Oklahoma City Federal Building, Unabomber, and Waco, Texas.
BUILDINGS OF DISASTER REDUX
Osama Bin Laden House, Abbottabad, Pakistan, May 2, 2011
Following numerous requests by our collectors, we resume the series of Buildings of Disaster, miniature replicas of structures related to tragic or violent events. The first building in the new collection is Osama Bin Laden’s house in Abbottabad, a place where he was killed by US Navy SEALs on May 2, 2011.
Every object is individually cast of specially formulated material, bonded metal. The building is 4.5” by 3.5” by 1.5” high. No more than 500 pieces will be made. Each one is hand-finished and consecutively numbered. Source.
The Ambassador Hotel stood at 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, between Catalina Street and Mariposa Avenue, Los Angeles, from 1921 until it was demolished in 2005. The famed Cocoanut Grove Nightclub was the place to rub elbows with the biggest names in Hollywood for more than four decades. After the assassination of Robert Kennedy in 1968 and the decline of the neighborhood, the Ambassador's fate was sealed. It is an excellent replica. Source.