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Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

        What is now the Tepper School of Business was originally built as the Graduate School of Industrial Administration. It sits elevated above the corner of Frew and Tech Streets, across from Skibo Gynmasium.   It was … Continue reading

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Hunt Library, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Hunt Library is one of a few mid-century buildings on Carnegie Mellon’s campus, dating from 1960. The majority of buildings were built earlier or just recently. The architects were Lawrie and Green; the firm was formed in 1922 and closed in 1972. … Continue reading

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Trinity Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh, PA

Facing Allegheny Commons Park on W. North Avenue is Trinity Lutheran Church. The surrounding blocks are mostly in the Mexican War Streets Historic District, so it’s unclear why the strip along W. North Street includes this building and at least … Continue reading

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Newman Catholic Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

On the edge of campus at N. Pleasant Street and Massachusetts Avenue is UMass’s Newman Catholic Center. It opened in April 1963. The Newman Center is one of hundreds across the country, existing as spiritual centers for Catholic students attending a secular … Continue reading

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First Baptist Church of Amherst, Amherst, MA

Adjacent to UMass Amherst is the First Baptist Church. Like a majority of buildings on the nearby campus, the church dates to the mid-century, specifically 1962. The design is typical for many suburban style protestant churches of the era, entered … Continue reading

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Music Building, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

According to the Amherst Archives and Special Collections, the building was designed by the architect Benjamin Thompson in 1967-68. Thompson was a founding member of the influential The Architects Collaborative, along with its most famous member, Walter Gropius. The design is … Continue reading

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Merrill Science Center, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

The Merrill Science Center of 1966-68 is sits on a sloping hillside near the main quadrangle of the Amherst College campus. It was designed by Campbell, Aldrich and Nulty, the prolific firm out of Boston. Many readers will remember them best as … Continue reading

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Robert Frost Library, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Robert Frost Library on Amherst College’s campus is one of the few modernist structures among a largely more staid collection. It encloses one end of the West, or First Year, Quad. The architects were O’Connor and Kilham of New York, a firm … Continue reading

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Pepsi-Cola Building, Portland, Oregon

For such an unusual building, there is not a lot of information out there about this building in Portland. Located at 2627 NE Sandy Boulevard, it still remains a Pepsi-Cola plant and office. A survey of masonry structures in Portland … Continue reading

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St. Anne Church, Seattle, WA

St. Anne Church in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood is an intact mid-century complex, of which we’ve covered several others previously. It replaced an older, Victorian-era church that the congregation had outgrown. It was built in 1962 to the designs of John W. … Continue reading

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