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Mundane Mondays: 304 Mulberry Street, NoHo, NYC

  Mundane Mondays is back! Today’s entry comes from reader Kerri C. who laments the loss of 304 Mulberry Street, the former St. Barnabas Home. Built by the New York Protestant Episcopal City Mission Society in 1947, the building was … Continue reading

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Worcester Public Library, Worcester, MA

The main branch of the Worcester Public Library is a long formal building with an odd orientation and location. It is situated behind City Hall at the intersection of Library Lane and the one-block long Salem Street; the main entrance … Continue reading

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100 Trinity Place, Lower Manhattan, NYC

There is always something new to see in Lower Manhattan, especially with the constant construction. I recently “discovered” 100 Trinity Place, now the High School of Economics and Finance. But looking closely, the shadow of the building’s previous owner, NYU, is … Continue reading

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Christ the King Episcopal Church, Stone Ridge, NY

This church was built by local Hudson Valley architect William van Benschoten. According to The New York Times, van Benschoten died on April 1, 1968 so this church precedes that date, although it is unclear by how long.  The architect … Continue reading

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Mundane Moment: Jordan Gruzen

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 … Continue reading

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Congregation Mt. Sinai Annex

The history of this building is definitely more interesting than the exterior design. This was built in the late 1960s (cornerstone 1966) for Congregation Mt. Sinai. They had purchased the former Odd Fellows Hall next door at 301-309 Schermerhorn Street … Continue reading

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Queens Modern is here!

Hello Mid-Century Mundane fans, I’m pleased to announce that Queens Modern is here! This new project is a natural progression of my interest in “everyday” mid-century architecture and focuses on a specific group of buildings for a more in-depth examination … Continue reading

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