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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