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Although in the shadow of its ancient hilltop Parthenon, Athens is also home to elegant architectural gems from the 19th and 20th centuries, which marked its emergence as modern Greece's capital.Just a small fraction of the buildings remain from that period when Athens was an emerging capital with a mere 150,000 inhabitants.Two years ago, despite the efforts of Monumenta, a neoclassical house built in 1875 in a western district of Athens was demolished. It was one of the last remaining buildings to have survived the capital's first urban boom, which eventually took it to half a million inhabitants during the first half of the 20th century.One of Athens' most emblematic modernist structures, the U.S. embassy, was likewise conceived in the 1950s by German architect Walter Gropius, one of the founders of the Bauhaus school.Dimitris Ioakim, a tenant in a 1935 Bauhaus-style building for the last 40 years, complains of "heavy repair bills" and the reluctance of the owner to pay them.
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