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Second District Dental Society, Brooklyn, NYC

Located on a block of brownstones, the Second District Dental Society is a modest structure that fits in well with its neighbors. The building includes 5,000 square feet of space including an auditorium, dental office, laboratory, and administrative offices. The Society … Continue reading

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Firehouse-Engine Company 214

Firehouse Engine Company 214 is one of the many mid-century fire companies built throughout the city. Here on a residential street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, it most likely replaced an older firehouse or residential property. It was built in 1958 and is … Continue reading

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Weyehaeuser Memorial Chapel, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

Still getting around to posting all the sites I visited during a June 2015 trip to the Twin Cities with Docomomo US. For this entry we have the nondenominational chapel at Macalester College which is a strange combination of glassy, … Continue reading

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St. Luke’s School, Greenwich Village, NYC

St. Luke’s School is a rather plain complex, circa 1950-53, but is severe enough to look 40s. The two-story brick building runs along Greenwich Street at the back of the St. Luke’s in the Fields property. At the corner of … Continue reading

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Jehovah Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN

I was lucky enough to visit this church on a trip the Twin Cities early in 2015 and it was a revelation. Designed in 1963, both the interior and exterior are filled with striking details. Unfortunately the area around the … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Victory Church, Financial District, NYC

This church among the canyons of Lower Manhattan is a staid affair. The red brick, limestone trim, symmetrical front facade, and classical statuary make the building feel older than its actual construction date of 1944-1947. Only the flatness of some … Continue reading

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Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Chinatown, NYC

Another one from the exhibition, Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1923-1968, at the Museum of Chinese in America. Definitely worth seeing  and it’s just been extended through March 2016. In the show, Curator Kerri Culhane examines the … Continue reading

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