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St. Malachy Catholic Church, Burlington, MA

A great find through the highly-recommended Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide, St. Malachy is an unusual parabolic-shaped building in a suburban community near Boston. It was designed by Tully & Sons in 1964; they also were responsible for interesting modern churches … Continue reading

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Guttman Building: A Followup!

We occasionally get comments from readers and recently architect David Grider wrote in. His firm has worked on the Guttman Building, including renovating some of the spaces like the lobby. We are including here the great information and images he … Continue reading

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Guttman Building at Henry Street Settlement, Lower East Side, NYC

Another great one by DeYoung Moskowitz and Rosenberg, who are most well-known for the Modern buildings at the Fashion Institute of Technology, but were really around doing Modern design from the 1930s until at least the late 1960s. This one … Continue reading

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First Church of Religious Science, Midtown East, NYC

While are all at home at the moment, we are digging into our never posted archives. This is the First Church of Religious Science, established in 1927 as part of the New Thought Movement. This storefront at 14 East 48th … Continue reading

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Fifth Avenue Synagogue, Upper East Side, NYC

A building in New York City that no one ever mentions is the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, which is just off Fifth on 62nd Street. Designed by prolific synagogue architect Percival Goodman, this is a unique example of an urban design, … Continue reading

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Jack LaLanne European Health Spa, Scarsdale, NY

This long abandoned round health club sits along a fairly nondescript commercial strip in suburban Scarsdale. The main structure is a single-story round building cantilevered over a concrete entrance base. Designed by regional architect Thomas J. Walters, the unusual shape … Continue reading

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Postwar Churches Presentation in Albany on November 22nd

  An important part of the Mid-Century Mundane study has been houses of worship. On November 22nd, I will be presenting a talk, The Architecture of Catholic Modernism In New York State: From Post War to Vatican II, as part … Continue reading

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Queens Modern tour on October 5th!

As Archtober, join Queens Modern for a tour of the Roman Catholic Church of the Transfiguration, a unique structure in Queens’ Maspeth neighborhood, combining mid-century design and Lithuanian folk elements. Constructed in 1962 to designs by Lithuanian architect Jonas Mulokas, the … Continue reading

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Five Cents Savings Bank, Boston, MA

This addition to an existing branch of the Five Cents Savings Bank in the heart of historic downtown Boston was constructed in 1972 to designs of Kallman, McKinnell & Knowles. This prolific local firm is most well known for the … Continue reading

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Church of the Epiphany, NYC: Revisited

We’ve previously covered the Church of the Epiphany’s exterior (and window salvaged from the previous church). But recently we were about to view the sanctuary. The walls are covered with the same dark brown brick as the exterior and the … Continue reading

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