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Augustus Constantine buildings, Charleston, SC

On a recent journey to Charleston, I spotted several buildings designed by local architect Augustus Constantine. A Greek immigrant, Constantine also designed his own office at 139 Calhoun Street. Following is just a small selection of buildings he did, all … Continue reading

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Francis Martin Branch Library, Bronx, NY

 The Francis Martin Branch of the New York Public Library is a surprisingly prominent building, occupying a curved stretch of University Avenue across from Bronx Community College. The building’s design works with the curve, stretching its length with a prominent … Continue reading

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Cruger Avenue Synagogue, Bronx, NY

This synagogue from 1964 sits off Pelham Parkway surrounded by earlier brick apartment buildings and homes. Today it seems largely empty although possibly still in use. There are a number of former or abandoned synagogues in the area as the … Continue reading

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Saints Peter and Paul Church, Beaver, PA

An amazingly dynamic form, this church jumps out at you along 3rd Street in the small town of Beaver, PA. It was built in 1970-72 to accommodate a growing parish. Not sure who the architect was but it’s more striking … Continue reading

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Immaculate Conception Spiritual Renewal Center, Thompson, CT

This convent and retreat center was built in 1954 for the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a historically Lithuanian order. As such, the complex is dedicated to Our Lady of Siluva, and a statue of her … Continue reading

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New York State Police Troop NYC, Wards Island, NYC

The headquarters of the New York State Police in New York City is located on Wards Island. The two-story building is uniform in design with a three bay entrance and rows of triple hung windows above blue enamel panels. There … Continue reading

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St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, Union City, NJ

We have not posted in a while, but this submission from reader Craig N. was too good to pass up. Thanks, Craig! St. Augustine RC Church was constructed in 1956-58 by Arthur Rigolo. He was based in New Jersey and … Continue reading

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