I was saddened to hear that New York-based architect Jordan Gruzen died in January 2015. Gruzen’s work as part of the partnership of Kelly & Gruzen informed much of my interest in mid-century and modern architecture in the New York region. Their work is the epitome of what I was looking at when starting Mid-Century Mundane, the interesting and engaging modern architecture that contributes to our streetscapes and cities but is generally less well-known.
This site featured just a few of Kelly & Gruzen’s designs and the Queens Modern website will feature at least one award-winning synagogue in the Rockaways. I’ve noted that several of their designs are credited to George Shimamoto of both Kelly & Gruzen and the later Gruzen Partnership. I hope someone does a feature on him. There is quite a bit more of their work out there and I hope to bring it to you soon! Until then, check out some of our past features on Kelly & Gruzen:
The Japan Society (as the Gruzen Partnership)