Brighton-McClure Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA


While no cornerstone is immediately visible, the former Presbyterian church is a large A-frame sanctuary structure with a stone and brick face with a central entrance. In the background is a possibly older educational building, c. 1930.

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Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, Hyattsville, MD

Just across East-West Highway from our previous entry, First United Methodist Church, is this Mormon church. Built in 1965, it uses similar materials of brick and concrete. The real stand out feature here is the concrete screening, especially along the outer walkway. The organic shapes in the screening and the semicircular path from church to educational building elevate what could be a fairly featureless design.




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First United Methodist Church, Hyattsville, MD

There are several churches at the intersection of East West Highway and Queens Chapel Road in Hyattsville. The most prominent of them is First United Methodist Church, facing the corner of Belcrest Road and Queens Chapel, by A. Hensel Fink. The architect designed numerous churches in the area and was previously mentioned on this site here.  This one dates from 1962.

Essentially an A-frame design with an elaborate central window, the building includes a long, one-story educational wing.



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Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Washington, DC

Opened in 1955 and closed in 2010, Holy Redeemer is located in an area of Washington DC that is in a transition phase. On the border of much new construction as well as the historic Shaw neighborhood, the blocks around the school include the closed Sursum Corda Housing Development, several vacant lots, and a new library. Hopefully the building will be reused in the near future.

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Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Headquarters, Hyattsville, MD

Currently endangered, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Headquarters is located on the border of a residential neighborhood across from Magruder Park. The original building features art deco flourishes and was designed by architects Paul Kea and Howard Cutler. Numerous additions were added over the years including large mid-century additions in 1953 (by Kea) and 1964 (Walton & Madden).

 A developer proposes to demolish the sprawling complex for new homes, which is a shame as the set of buildings is thoughtfully sited on a narrow, hilly site and would be ideal for adaptive reuse.

The 1950s wing especially includes unique and striking exterior detailing, including an entrance bridge (originally over a water feature), metal lettering, and a textured wall of tiles capping the end of the structure.






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Kislak Building, Newark, NJ

This boxy building, named for a local real estate company, has held a prominent corner in downtown Newark for 57 years. Recently it was announced that the building will be redeveloped as other nearby structures have been in the past few months and years. It is assumed that the 1960s design will not outlast this redevelopment.

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St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church, New Haven, CT


Dating from 1958, the church of St. Michael the Archangel combines traditional eastern catholic design with modern construction. The architect J.K. Jastremsky was Canadian but born to Ukrainian parents and specialized in Ukrainian churches. Based in New York City, he is most well-known for his churches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and elsewhere in Connecticut. In New Haven, he also designed a Greek Catholic church, St. Barbara’s, which was completed in 1979.

In addition to the church building at St. Michael, which is decorated with gold mosaics and topped by two domed towers, there is a social hall at the rear of the property that is still active as a Ukrainian social center.


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