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St. Marks Episcopal Church, New Canaan, CT

Here we see a modernist church with a nod to Gothic architecture set in the town of New Canaan, itself a hotbed of modern design. It was designed by the prominent Connecticut firm of Sherwood, Mills, and Smith in 1959-61.  … Continue reading

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Temple Covenant of Peace, Easton, PA

This Modern synagogue was submitted by reader Michael H. (shoutout to the Society of Commercial Archaeology!). Dating from 1959, Temple Covenant of Peace was formerly located in one of the oldest synagogues in the country, dating to 1842. However this … Continue reading

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Sears Building, Mineola, NY

For this first post of 2021, sharing this great concrete department store on Long Island from longtime reader David G.  Sadly, according to press, the current state of the building seems doomed. Which is especially disappointing given that it is … Continue reading

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Mutual Hartford Insurance Company, Hartford, CT

The one thing that everyone notices about Sherwood Mills & Smith’s Mutual Hartford Insurance Company building is the enormous sand-casted mural by Costantino Nivola that takes up the majority of the primary facade. The rest of the building is a … Continue reading

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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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