Monthly Archives: May 2013

Leverett Towers and Leverett House Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

The Leverett Towers complex of 1959-60 is Harvard’s first high rise residential structure and occupies a prominent location just off the intersection of Memorial Drive and Dewolfe Street. The towers are coed dorms and also include some offices and classrooms. … Continue reading


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University Lutheran Church, Cambridge, MA

University Lutheran Church is located on quaint Winthrop Street off Harvard Square in Cambridge. It was built in 1950-51 and was the first church built in Cambridge after WWII, according to the church website. Although the exterior remains the same, … Continue reading

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Washburn Hall, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Nestled in Cambridge close to Harvard is the Brattle Campus, a historic complex created for Episcopal Divinity School and now shared with Lesley University. The site includes two mid-century structures one being Lesley’s dining commons, the low-slung Washburn Hall. It dates … Continue reading

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Larsen Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Roy Edward Larsen Hall was built in 1963-65 for Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and named for a Harvard donor and former chairman of Time Magazine. It is located on a narrow little street called Appian Way, which due to … Continue reading

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Loeb Drama Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Harvard University’s Loeb Drama Center is sited on Brattle Street in Cambridge surrounded by historic residences as well as several other mid-century structures, most owned by Harvard. The complex houses the prominent American Repertory Theater and was designed by Hugh … Continue reading

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The First Lutheran Church, Boston, MA

 This church is located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, at the corner of Marlborough and Berkeley Streets, across the street from Paul Rudolph’s interventions at the First and Second Church, which we will address another time. First Lutheran … Continue reading

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FDNY Ladder 20 & Engine 13, SoHo, NYC

This firehouse is located at 247-253 Lafayette Street in Manhattan. Records claim it dates from 1968 but the cornerstone states 1973. The base is clad in a dark brick with lighter tan and orange brick on the upper floors. The … Continue reading

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Preserving Our Mundane: St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Gary, IN

Leading this new feature for Mid-Century Mundane is the campaign by the congregation of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church to have their mid-century church listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural, historical and cultural significance. This effort … Continue reading

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Preserving Our Mid-Century Mundane

While this website started as a simple documentation of lesser-known and less appreciated modern sites, it obviously does not exist completely outside the conversation around the preservation of our modern built heritage. Occasionally, we will be featuring preservation projects and campaigns … Continue reading

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Fort George Station Post Office, Inwood, NYC

This post office dates from 1952 and was designed by the firm of De Rose & Cavalieri, who did work from the teens until the early 60s. Most of their output was one-story factories, offices and garages, almost exclusively in … Continue reading

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