Monthly Archives: April 2010

Former Ambassador College in Pasadena: Part One

A much lesser known but incredibly interesting site for modern aficionados is the former Ambassador College campus in Pasadena. It was originally a college campus for Worldwide Church of God, a major religious group that at one point had more … Continue reading

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Two Pasadena Churches, CA

The first, Pasadena Presbyterian Church was constructed in 1976 by architect John Andre Gougeon after the previous church on the site was badly damaged in an earthquake and demolished. This brutalist structure is definitely a product of its time and … Continue reading

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Mundane in LA Part Two: Office Buildings Continued, CA

More office buildings in Beverly Hills. On W. Olympic Boulevard. 8906 W. Olympic Boulevard, 1954. 8900 W. Olympic Boulevard, 1953. 8840 W. Olympic Boulevard, 1951. Home to the Beverly Hills Courier. 8857 W. Olympic Boulevard, 1960.

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Mundane in LA Part One: Office Buildings, CA

Here are a few examples of 50s era office and commercial buildings I photographed around LA. These are in Beverly Hills. 1054 S. Robertson Boulevard, 1962. 1107-1111 S. Robertson Boulevard, 1965-66. Listed in Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles as work … Continue reading

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Not So Mundane: Edward Durell Stone in Pasadena, CA

The following is from a recent trip to Southern California. I’m starting the series off with one of the least mundane sites I visited, and one that is a great preservation success story. This building was originally the main offices … Continue reading

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Mundane Office Across From Macy’s, Elmhurst, NYC

Directly across Queens Boulevard is this quirky, run-down office at 87-10. According to building records I believe this facade was added in 1972.

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Round the Bank in Elmhurst, NYC

As mentioned in the previous post, this bank at 87-11 Queens Boulevard was designed in 1966 by the renowned firm of Skidmore Owings and Merrill as a direct counterpart to its larger circular counterpart of Macy’s. Originally known as First … Continue reading

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Not So Mundane: Macy’s on Queens Boulevard

In 1963 Macy’s hired the renowned architecture firm of Skidmore Owings and Merrill to design a store on Queens Boulevard. This area is not known for innovative architecture, although there are a few modernist structures scattered in the vicinity. The … Continue reading

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Pratt Institute’s Activities Resource Center, Brooklyn, NY

Known locally as the ARC or simply the Pratt Gym, this large structure runs along Classon Avenue between Dekalb and Willoughby at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. It was constructed in 1974-74 and designed by Ezra Ehrenkranz and Daniel Tully. Besides … Continue reading

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