RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - One of the few remaining art deco jewels from Rio de Janeiro’s golden age, the Hotel Glória provided elegant urban sanctuary for movie stars, singers, politicians and heads of state, for over 80 years. However, now effectively abandoned for more than a decade, it seems as if this landmark’s days are numbered.

Reports reveal that a recent engineering survey organized by Rio’s City Hall concluded that it would be better to implode the property than invest in long-delayed renovation plans. It remains unclear if or when this implosion would take place . . .

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