This blog features only a tiny fraction of everyday mid-century architecture. And much of this type of design is never documented by anyone. So it unfortunately makes sense that a large percentage of this type of building is demolished with very few people noticing. However there are a growing number of individuals and organizations out there interested in this lesser-known mid-century modernism.
In this instance, reader Joe Coil alerted me to the demolition of the former Deaconess Hospital at 1001 Humboldt Parkway in Buffalo. The monolithic complex of more than 200,000 square feet dated from the late 1950s to early 1960s and was designed by James, Meadows & Howard (previously covered here). It was largely demolished in November and December 2012. A historic image of the hospital can be seen here and an article about the redevelopment can be found here. Joe took a few photos during demolition which can be seen below.