Monthly Archives: July 2010

Allegheny North Churches, Pittsburgh, PA

These two very different churches lie blocks from each other on West North Avenue. With the changing demographics of the area, they are threatened as their congregations continue to shrink. The Greek Orthodox church has already made plans to move … Continue reading

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New York City Civil Court, Lower Manhattan, NYC

The New York Civil Court is located at 111 Centre Street in Lower Manhattan. Designed by William Lescaze and Matthew Del Gaudio in 1960, with sculpture by William Zorach. According to the city’s website, court functions from Tweed Courthouse were … Continue reading

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Synagogue for the Arts, Tribeca, NYC

Improbably wedged and set back from the street between two traditional commercial buildings on White Street in Tribeca is the wonderfully undulating Synagogue for the Arts, formerly the Civic Center Synagogue. Once you walk up to it, it seems to … Continue reading

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Church of the Open Door, Brooklyn, NYC

The Church of the Open Door is located at the corner of Gold Street and Nassau Street/Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway runs almost directly overhead, an interesting fact given that another building affiliated with the church, City Park … Continue reading

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Modern Buildings of Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

There are a few interesting modern buildings on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, Illinois. Several were designed by Walter Netsch of Skidmore Owings and Merrill, noted for several of the firms other prominent buildings from the 1950s through the … Continue reading

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Human Resources Adminstration, 14th Street, Manhattan, NYC

Dingy and bland, this blends into the landscape on West 14th Street. However the color panels do make a nice contrast to its immediate neighbors. Constructed in 1961.

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First Presbyterian Church House, Greenwich Village, NYC

This church house on East 12th Street just off Fifth Avenue, was designed by Edgar Tafel, best known as a an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright and for having worked on many of Wright’s most famous projects. Constructed in 1960 … Continue reading

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International Union of Painters and Allied Traders, 14th Street, Manhattan, NYC

This unique alteration to a rowhouse structure is located at 45 West 14th Street in Manhattan. Home to the International Union of Painters and Allied Traders, it was altered in the 1960s by Mayer Whittlesley and Glass, also architects of … Continue reading

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Bank of America, Sixth Avenue, Manhattan, NYC

This corner bank was constructed in 1962-63 at 670 Sixth Avenue for the Glaziers Union. According the Ladies’ Mile Historic District it originally had an auditorium and meeting rooms. It now houses a Bank of America branch.  

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Gramercy Churches, Gramercy Park, NYC

Previously I’ve already covered St. Mary’s Catholic Church of the Byzantine Rite at East 15th Street and Second Avenue. Two other nearby modernist churches include: Church of the Epiphany (Second Avenue and East 22nd Street) from 1967 by Belfatto and … Continue reading

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