Monthly Archives: October 2012

733 and 777 Summer Avenue, Stamford, CT

This is a pair of 1965 office buildings in Stamford. The difference is in the orientation with 777’s longer facade facing the street while 733’s is turned so that its narrower facade faces the street. The facades appear original with … Continue reading

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Wilshire La Jolla Medical Building, Los Angeles, CA

Located at 6360 Wilshire Boulevard is this medical office building. The white caduceus on a black background over the entrance makes a prominent statement. It was built in 1955.

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Burchard Building, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ

Located at the Stevens Institute of Technology is the 8-story Burchard Memorial Science and Engineering Building from 1957. The facade features horizontal bands of windows alternating with pale brick bands. The secondary facades and base of the building are clad … Continue reading


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Cornerstone Bank, Stamford, CT

This decidedly low-key bank branch in Stamford was built in 1955. It was originally a Cornerstone Bank but currently houses a First Niagara location. However, First Niagara have decided to move several blocks further up Summer Street to a new … Continue reading

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Stamford Observatory, Stamford, CT

It’s not that common to come across a mid-century observatory. This one is the Stamford Observatory from 1959-60, designed by local architect Gordon Johnson. It was built by a local contractor, sometimes using surplus building materials from other sites to … Continue reading

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Jack Tar Motel, Durham, NC

This recent article in Durham’s Herald-Sun newspaper reminded me that I have never featured all of the mid-century mundane buildings I documented in Durham, a city with a wealth of mid-century treasures. This one here is the Jack Tar Motel … Continue reading

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New Jersey Jaycees Building, East Windsor, NJ

This is a simple one-story commercial building from 1971. The walls are a dark brick with aggregate concrete stucco. The most prominent detail is the large vintage Jaycees logo, however the Jaycees are possibly no longer in this building, but … Continue reading

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Congregation Anshei, Roosevelt, NJ

The town of Roosevelt, which just celebrated its 75th anniversary, has a very interesting history. It was founded in the 1930s as part of a WPA project to move recent immigrants, largely Jews from the Lower East Side, to a … Continue reading

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Mundane Mondays: Williams Library, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ

Welcome back to Mundane Mondays! Today’s entry was submitted by Gabriella A. This is the Samuel C. Williams Library at Stevens Institute of Technology, a private university in Hoboken. The library was built in 1969 and named in honor of … Continue reading

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