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Church of Our Saviour, Murray Hill, NYC

Thanks for reading Mid-Century Mundane in 2014! This will be the last post for the year. There will be much more mid-century architecture to feature in 2015 including the launch of a new project, Queens Modern! So stay tuned for … Continue reading

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Cornerstone Baptist Church, Danielson, CT

Just a block and a half away from our previously-featured synagogue is Cornerstone Baptist Church. The church’s actual cornerstone is engraved with the date 1966. According to the church website, this building replaced a Victorian Gothic/Queen Anne structure although it … Continue reading

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Temple Beth Israel, Danielson, CT

This modest synagogue in the small village of Danielson fits well into its natural surroundings with its exterior walls covered in local fieldstone. The synagogue was constructed from 1951-1961 for the small but growing Jewish community of Danielson, many of … Continue reading

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Firestone Complete Auto Care, Troy, NY

This Firestone dealer is located on 124 Congress Street in Troy. The exact date of construction is unclear but the first reference to Firestone at this location is 1959. The design is simpler than this extant Firestone in New Haven, CT … Continue reading

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St. Anthony of Padua Shrine Church, Troy, NY

The town of Troy, NY does not have much mid-century architecture to ponder. The town proper is more well-known for its extremely intact Victorian era downtown and neighboring residential areas, some of which were used in place of Gilded Age … Continue reading

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Howard Johnson’s, Asbury Park, NJ

This unique Howard Johnson’s Restaurant dates to 1962, and was a more unusual sight compared to HoJo’s typical peaked roof and weathervane design. It is unclear if this was done by go-to architects, Rufus Nims and Karl Koch. The building’s fortunes … Continue reading

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Empress Hotel, Asbury Park, NJ

The Empress Hotel is a well-known landmark on the Asbury Park boardwalk. Originally built in 1961, the hotel has great mid-century details including the signature signage. Like the Asbury Park waterfront in general, the Empress followed the general decline of … Continue reading

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