Monthly Archives: July 2011

Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Located at 3700 Walnut Street, the building was built in 1962 and refurbished in 2001 with a new entrance and I assume some interior work. The architects were Harbeson Hough Livingston Larson, who designed numerous buildings around Philadelphia and evolved … Continue reading

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Pace University, Lower Manhattan, NYC

This is One Pace Plaza across from City Hall. It was built in 1969 and designed by Eggers and Higgins, a prolific firm which came out of John Russell Pope’s office, completed his work on the Jefferson Memorial, and designed … Continue reading

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Burger Klein, East Village, NYC

Originally a furniture store on Avenue A called Burger Klein, the space now holds a grocery store called Gracefully. It was altered c. 1960 and the modernist sign for the furniture store still remains.  

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76th Police Precinct, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NYC

The 76th Precinct at 191 Union Street in Carroll Gardens is nestled on the edge of a residential neighborhood. It was built in 1962 and it’s clear looking at the building that very little has been altered. The structure still … Continue reading

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St. John’s in the Village Episcopal Church, West Village, NYC

Built in 1972 to replace the previous church destroyed by fire, this simple sanctuary was designed by Edgar Tafel, an architect known for his spare, contextual designs, who recently passed away. He is also featured on Mid-Century Mundane here and … Continue reading

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Lehman Hall, Barnard College, Morningside Heights, NYC

This building houses Barnard College’s Wollman Library and was designed by O’Connor and Kilham, with assistance on the facade screen from Victor and Aladar Olgyay, twin brothers and leaders in the field of climate-responsive architecture. O’Connor and Kilham existed from … Continue reading

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Whitman Close, Brooklyn Heights, NYC

This retiring group of townhouses are surrounded by tall towers of housing on two sides and face a quaint, historic commercial strip at the back. The complex, including a parking garage and larger apartments, was designed by William Conklin, not … Continue reading

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West End Day School, Upper West Side, NYC

Located on West 71st Street on the Upper West Side, this small-scale school building features a curved facade that evokes earlier European style modernism. It was built in 1950 as The Godmothers League and designed by architect Sylvan Bien. Bien … Continue reading

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St. Vartan Cathedral, Kips Bay, NYC

From a distance this cathedral, St. Vartan Cathedral of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church in America, doesn’t look mid-century. That is because it is based on an ancient cathedral from the early A.D.s in Armenia, most likely this … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn Heights, NYC

This building in Brooklyn Heights at the corner of Henry and Middagh Streets is the most mundane of the mundane, but somehow pleasing with its stepped roofline, attractive brick color and original metal and glass display windows. It previously housed  … Continue reading

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