Monthly Archives: February 2012

Christ United Methodist Church, Washington, D.C.

This church sits directly across from Westminster Presbyterian Church and is dramatically different from its simple, contemporary neighbor. Christ United, with its v-shaped roofline and mix of masonry, glass and brick seems very much of its era. It was completed … Continue reading


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St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.

Pictured here is St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Southwest Washington, D.C. the swooping building was designed by Baltimore-based architect Alexander Smith Cochran, a modernist who trained under Walter Gropius and whose work can still be seen around the region. The … Continue reading

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Iglesia Cristiana Primitiva, Lower East Side, NYC

This rough concrete-fronted church is located at 207-209 East Broadway. It was designed in 1973 by Robert Bassolino, a New York-based architect who graduated from Pratt Institute and also designed school and civic office buildings.

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Westminster Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.

Here is another church from the era of urban renewal in Southwest D.C. The congregation was located elsewhere in Southwest but relocated here in 1964-65, following the large-scale demolition of the area. The church at the corner of Fourth and … Continue reading

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501 Eye Street SW, Washington, D.C.

This Brutalist-style complex was constructed in 1964-65 for the Hawthorne School, a private educational establishment. Architect Charles Goodman designed it around an existing building, formerly housing the Metropolitan Boys Club. Goodman is well-known for his work in DC and surrounding … Continue reading

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Riverside Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

Now known as Riverside Baptist Church, this congregation was originally the Fifth Baptist congregation, until the 1902 church was demolished in the 1950s by the Redevelopment Land Agency, along with most of the rest of Southwest D.C. The new building … Continue reading

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Joel Braverman High School, Midwood, NYC

Located on Avenue J, this high school, part of the Yeshiva of Flatbush, and constructed in 1963, seems relatively unchanged since its construction. The front is adorned with a mural from 1965 that depicts the 12 Tribes of Israel.

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Congregation Beth Torah, Midwood, NYC

Located at 1061 Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn is this 1969 synagogue (right side only with more recent addition at left). It was designed by Richard Foster, former partner of Philip Johnson, who also worked on Lincoln Center, the 1965 New … Continue reading

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