Monthly Archives: September 2013

415 Second Street, NE, Washington, DC

Steps from Washington D. C.’s Union Station is this office building, built around 1957.  The blue tile panels are a common mid-century design element, helping to enliven a plain facade. The area around this building has rapidly changed in the past … Continue reading


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The American Legion, Washington, D.C.

1608 K Street NW in Washington is The American Legion’s D.C. headquarters, although their national headquarters are actually in Indianapolis. The cornerstone of this building was laid in 1950 and the structure was completed and dedicated the next year by … Continue reading

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S. K. Lavery Appliance Co., West Hartford, CT

Located at 1003-1007 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford is this commercial building. It sits across the street from this one. Essentially a decorated box, the exterior is enlivened by original commercial signage, recessed storefronts, and a dark green plastic material … Continue reading

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1010 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT

This is a slightly earlier bank than our last entry, this one dating from 1957 versus the 1964 construction date of 55 South Main Street. The design and emphasis behind the buildings is also different. 1010 Farmington Avenue, now a … Continue reading

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55 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT

Continuing our look at the mid-century remnants of West Hartford Center is this drive-thru bank branch from 1964. Located on the corner of South Main Street and Ellsworth Road, the bank is two doors down from this gem.

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45 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT

This 1967 office building is quite a standout among the mid-century mundane. First of all it is set back quite far from the street with a parking lot in front of it, when the other buildings along South Main have … Continue reading

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125 LaSalle Road, West Hartford, CT

West Hartford Center is a popular commercial area in West Hartford. The low-rise retail core includes small main street-style shops as well as several 1960s free-standing buildings. The area is so popular that the mid-century buildings are being replaced or … Continue reading

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Memorial United Methodist Church, Avon, CT

This church dates from 1970, when the congregation moved to this isolated hillside site on the border of Avon, CT. Their original 1926 church was located in downtown Unionville a few miles away. However in the 1960s when Unionville, like … Continue reading

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Mundane Mondays: New Haven Medical & Dental Center, New Haven, CT

Today’s Mundane Mondays entry comes from reader Gregg B., who recently submitted some additional information on the architects of the Knights of Columbus Printing Plant in New Haven. Just a block or two from that building is the New Haven Medical … Continue reading

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