Monthly Archives: June 2013

Mid-Century Mundane Hiatus

Mid-Century Mundane will be on a brief hiatus until mid July. In the interim, make sure to check in here and on our Facebook page for documentation of some great examples of British Modernism!

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1205 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA

This 1964 commercial building on Rivermont Avenue features some great mid-century details including concrete block decoration, clerestory windows running under the flat roof, an original glass fronted storefront, matching drive-thru overhang and prominent commercial signage denoting its place on the … Continue reading


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Dillon Child Study Center, St. Joseph’s College, Clinton Hill, NYC

Planned in 1966 and opened in 1970, the Dillon Child Study Center is on St. Joseph’s College campus in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The building is set back from Clinton Avenue behind a high, wrought-iron fence and facing a green open … Continue reading

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Capuchin Monastery, Church of St. John, Midtown, NYC

Facing the side of Pennsylvania Plaza‘s bulk on West 31st Street is the low-rise Capuchin Monastery of the Church of St. John the Baptist. This building is part of a larger religious complex and entering here leads to a side entrance … Continue reading

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St Mary Star of the Sea, City Island, NYC

St. Mary Star of the Sea is located close to the entrance to City Island on City Island Avenue, next to the Samuel Pell House, one of the oldest houses on the island. It was built in 1958-59 and is the third … Continue reading

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St. Peter’s Church and Citicorp Center, East Midtown, NYC

This site represents one of the many “holdout” stories that dot New York City’s architectural landscape, albeit with a twist. Here, St. Peter’s Church agreed to sell their existing 1903 building for the development of a new Citicorp headquarters, but as … Continue reading

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Fur Center Synagogue, Chelsea, NYC

The Fur Center Synagogue is a simple two-story box on West 29th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. It was constructed in 1964 and as the name denotes, the congregation was made up of Fur District workers. In 1996, due … Continue reading

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Capitol One Bank, Kew Gardens, NYC

This bank branch across from Queensborough Hall at 120-32 Queens Boulevard was built in 1961-63. The banking floor is upstairs on the second floor. Originally built most likely for the Hamburg Savings Bank, it has gone through many iterations and … Continue reading

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New Quincy House, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

New Quincy, a component of the larger Quincy House complex, was designed in 1958-59 by the Boston firm of Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson, and Abbott. The firm also designed Leverett Towers nearby. New Quincy is a more modest height (eight stories including … Continue reading

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