Monthly Archives: September 2012

Public School 49, Mott Haven, NYC

Public School 49, also known as the Willis Avenue School, was built in 1965.  It is located on Willis Avenue between 139th and 140th Streets and has the typical detailing of many mid-century New York City schools including colored enamel … Continue reading

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King Chapel Assembly, East Harlem, NYC

Located on the northeast corner of Third Avenue and 127th Street is this religious building. It was built c. 1971-75 by Queens-based architect Millard Bresin, who designed several restaurants and a theater on St. Marks Place.  Bresin was also responsible … Continue reading

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Sabin-Reed and McConnell Halls, Smith College, Northampton, MA

Sabin-Reed and McConnell Halls were both built in 1967 by the firm Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott. The firm designed buildings all across the Northeast and beyond and are most well-known in some circles for being the successor firm to H. … Continue reading

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Mundane Mondays: 14708 Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

I thought we’d start with something truly mundane, courtesy of reader Adam R. This building in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles has been a bank (possibly originally built as such), more recently a gym and is now for … Continue reading

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Wright Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA

Wright Hall is a two-story academic building on the Smith campus. It was built in 1961 by architects William and Geoffrey Platt, whose father Charles Platt was a well-known country house architect. Geoffrey Platt was also the first chair of … Continue reading

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Announcing Mundane Mondays

Starting this month, Mid-Century Mundane is launching a new reader-driven feature to help spread the word about Mid-Century architecture and this site. We have been encouraged by the response to this blog, starting as an occasional musing on mid-century vernacular, … Continue reading

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Edwards Church, Northampton, MA

This church sits at the prominent intersection of State, Main  and New South Streets. This is the third building and the second on this site for Edwards Church, a congregation that has existed since 1833. The previous Victorian-era church was the … Continue reading

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Washington Town Hall, Washington, MA

There is not a lot to the town of Washington, MA, a rural area near Pittsfield with a population of around 500. However, the town does count folk legend Arlo Guthrie among its prominent citizens. This town hall features many … Continue reading

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Temple Beth Israel, Winsted, CT

This synagogue sits among Victorian structures at the edge of the Winsted Green on Park Place. The congregation has existed in Winsted since 1912 and has held services at this location since 1925. Their previous building, originally the St. James … Continue reading

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