Monthly Archives: May 2010

Providence’s Cathedral Square, RI

One of the most interesting, if unsuccessful urban renewal spaces in Providence is I.M. Pei and Zion & Breen’s 1969 Cathedral Square. The plaza is laid out in front of the grand if moldering Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul … Continue reading

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Random Providence Modern, Providence, RI

105 Medway Street, 1960. 229 Waterman Street, 1945. 395 Angell Street, 1965.

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Brown University Center for Computation, Providence, RI

This little building at 180 George Street in Providence, essentially an early version of the computer lab, was designed in 1960-61 by Philip Johnson. It’s a nice appealing addition to the streetscape and fairly close by to several other Brown … Continue reading

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Providence Journal Company Building, Providence, RI

While the original Providence Journal Building at 75 Fountain Street in Providence is a mid-thirties period piece, the side closest to Dorrance Street is a 1948 modernist addition. Both parts done by Albert Kahn. It’s an interesting juxtaposition.  

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Beneficent House, Providence, RI

Here is a picture of Paul Rudolph’s 1969 Beneficent House, a senior living facility in Providence, RI. I don’t like this nearly as much as many other Rudolph buildings. His signature brutalism is muted here. But supposedly the elderly love … Continue reading

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Palm Springs Boxing Club, Palm Springs, CA

This weird building sits at 225 S. El Cielo Road on a sparse gravel lot behind many of the Palm Springs municipal buildings. Originally the Department of Motor Vehicles. Constructed in 1966, architect unknown.  

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Not So Mundane: Palm Springs Banks

These bank buildings in Palm Springs have been covered to death, but I had to include my own images because these structures are so unique and in pristine condition, although sadly two of the four of them are currently vacant. … Continue reading

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Niemeyer Merry-Go-Round, Los Angeles, CA

An interesting building at 8760 Sunset Boulevard, now a music studio founded by Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh. It was designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer, of Brasilia fame among other things, as something called Dr. Robert Allen Franklin’s Beauty Pavilion.

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Mid-Century in Vernon, CA

The strange town of Vernon, CA, south of downtown LA consists of stockyards, power plants, many other industrial sites and only 90 or so residents. In the middle of all of this lies La Villa Basque restaurant at 2801 Leonis … Continue reading

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Various LA Banks, Los Angeles, CA

Here are a few mid-century banks from across Los Angeles. Thanks to AR for the information. Santa Monica Bank Pico Branch (1956-1957) – 3304 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica Chase Bank (1955-1964)- 4401 Crenshaw Boulevard, Leimert Park Equitable Savings (1966) – … Continue reading

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