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Congregation Ezrath Israel, Ellenville, NY

This synagogue is located in the small Catskills town of Ellenville. While sleepy today, the town has significant connections to larger Jewish culture, being close to where many of the Borscht Belt resorts were located and also being in the town … Continue reading

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Bank of Greene County, Catskill, NY

This bank is located on Main Street in the upstate town of Catskill surrounded by an intact, older downtown. I could not find a date of construction but it looks to me to date to the late 1950s or early 1960s. … Continue reading

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St. Francis Xavier High School, Ladies Mile, NYC

This 7-story Catholic school addition is part of the St. Francis Xavier complex on West 16th Street. It was built from 1960-65 and designed by architect Joseph H. Belfatto, who designed several Catholic churches around the city. The building sits between … Continue reading

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Chadwin House, Chelsea, NYC

Chadwin House is a low-rise apartment building, now condominiums. It was built in 1963 to designs by prolific architect Horace Ginsbern, most well-known for his deco-style apartment buildings on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. He was still designing until his … Continue reading

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Lovingston Post Office, Lovingston, VA

At 131 Main Street is this small mid-century post office. Built in 1960, the building incorporates a wall of marble to the right of the entrance as well as beige brick, enamel panels around the windows and aluminum trim on … Continue reading

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Agudath Sholom Synagogue, Lynchburg, VA

Agudath Sholom Synagogue is set back off Langhorne Road, a long and low building surrounded by trees. This building was built in 1955-56 for a growing congregation that was moving out of the downtown as many businesses and organizations were … Continue reading

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Torath Chaim Synagogue, Pittsburgh, PA

This former synagogue in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh is actually just an alteration to an existing residence with the addition of a striking mid-century facade. The stone and cement front wall incorporates a stylized menorah design topped by … Continue reading

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