Monthly Archives: December 2013

Mundane Mondays: NYS Insurance Fund Building, Tribeca, NYC

In a return to reader-submitted entries for Mundane Mondays, we have the New York State Insurance Fund Building from 1955. And with its red and green entrance scheme, it is fitting that we choose this entry as our last for … Continue reading

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Delancey & Essex Municipal Parking Garage, Lower East Side, NYC

This mid-century garage is a prime example of what can be missed when looking at architecture without the full context. Built in 1967, the structure is located at 107 Essex Street, extends through the block to Ludlow Street, and is … Continue reading

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Sons of Zion Synagogue, Putnam, CT

Sons of Zion Synagogue is home to Congregation B’nai Shalom in the small town of Putnam, Connecticut. The building is a simple structure with a peaked roofed sanctuary and flat roofed wing behind. It features off-white brick with inserts of vertical … Continue reading


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Banco Popular, Lower East Side, NYC

This bank branch is at 134 Delancey Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It is essentially an alteration to an earlier commercial strip by adding a metal screen. The alteration dates before 1970 when the bank moved in as more … Continue reading

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225 East 43rd Street, Midtown, NYC

This office building and garage was designed by Oscar I. Silverstone, a Brooklyn architect in 1949. It was possibly originally used by the Postal Service as a garage. Silverstone built apartment buildings, single family homes and other buildings like this … Continue reading

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Picotte Hall, College of St. Rose, Albany, NY

Picotte Hall was built in 1976 according to Albany property records. However the design evokes an earlier period with metal ribbon windows, yellow brick, and a curved glass block entrance above a granite base. The rest of the College of … Continue reading

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455 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

This building, built between 1960 and 1964, stands out quite a bit on this corner of Brooklyn, otherwise surrounded by larger rowhouses and religious institutions. I imagine it continues to serve as a placeholder for future development. It was originally … Continue reading

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