Monthly Archives: October 2013

258 State Street, Albany, NY

This small commercial building is just steps from Empire State Plaza. Built in 1965, with an addition in 1970, it is roughly contemporaneous with the Plaza but uses a completely different architectural vocabulary. Primarily brick with metal and some concrete … Continue reading

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Dutchess County Office Building, Poughkeepsie, NY

The Dutchess County Office Building is a mid-century corporate-style block on Market Street in downtown Poughkeepsie. Built in 1965-67 and opened by HUD secretary Robert C. Weaver, it came at a time when urban renewal was rapidly changing the face … Continue reading

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Baldwin House, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Baldwin House was opened in May 1940 as the school’s infirmary and still remains a health center. From a distance the building belies its age and only upon closer inspection does one see the glass block inserts, casement windows and … Continue reading

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Chicago Hall, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Chicago Hall is definitely not mundane, but probably less well-known than Vassar College’s Saarinen-designed Noyes House or Breuer’s Ferry Cooperative House. Chicago Hall was built in 1959 as the last of the big three mid-century structures after Ferry and Noyes. … Continue reading

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Co-Post: The Legacy of Bus Terminals

Mid-Century Mundane is pleased to have co-authored an article on the Docomomo US website focusing on mid-century bus terminals. Take a look and please let us know what you think! http://docomomo-us.org/legacy_bus_terminals We are hoping to do more articles like this … Continue reading

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107 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY

107 Washington Avenue, right next to 111 Washington Avenue, is a three-story corporate box with a raised entrance plaza, featuring strangely ornate lighting fixtures. It dates from 1963.

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Junior High School 22, Lower East Side, NYC

New Explorations into Science, Technology & Math School was originally Junior High School 22 (also known as the Gustave Straubenmuller School). It now serves grades K-12 in this specialized curriculum. It is located at the corner of East Houston Street … Continue reading

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New York State Department of Education Building Annex, Albany, NY

Although this seems to be a significant mid-century addition from 1958-60, there is not a lot of information available on its construction. It is located on the corner of Hawk and Elk Streets behind the original main behemoth building by Palmer … Continue reading

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111 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY

Albany does not have a prominent place in modern architecture, aside from the well-known, if not beloved, Empire State Plaza designed by Wallace K. Harrison of the renowned firm Harrison and Abramovitz. 111 Washington Avenue is a lesser office building, … Continue reading

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Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

This is the third location and fourth building for this congregation, which started in 1841. The most recent building, a Victorian era structure was purchased by the church and demolished in 1977. The current building dates from 1978-79 and was … Continue reading

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