Monthly Archives: July 2011

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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Putnam Science Academy, Putnam, CT

This school complex at 18 Maple Street was originally Putnam Catholic Academy, hence the chapel with stained glass on the right side of the entrance. It was built in 1962, closed at some point in the late 20th century and … Continue reading

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Not So Mundane: Geisel Library, UCSD, San Diego, CA

Geisel Library is an amazing, yet surprisingly little known work of modern architecture, located in the center of campus at the University of California, San Diego. It was designed in the late 1960s by the prolific architect William Pereira, who … Continue reading

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