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Chapel of Jesus Ethic, Glendale, CA

  Unknown by many, even in Glendale, the Chapel of Jesus Ethic is the centerpiece of a campus for the obscure Foundation of Niscience. The campus is located behind a high wall of yellow brick and is not easily accessible. … Continue reading

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Engine Company 9, Ladder Company 6, Chinatown, NYC

Located at 75 Canal Street is this fire engine company by Hausman & Rosenberg from 1968. They also did this synagogue on the Upper West Side which has since been demolished.

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Grantmoor Motor Lodge, Newington, CT

This was one of the grandest motels of the many that used to line the Berlin Turnpike, a popular destination for automobile tourism. The Turnpike, today a little down on its luck, has an interesting 20th century history, which can … Continue reading

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Mendel Rivers Federal Building, Charleston, SC

A positive adaptive reuse story, the Mendel Rivers Federal Building, is now the Dewberry Hotel. Commissioned in 1963, it was completed in 1965 to designs of Lyles, Bissett, Carlisle and Wolff–a Columbia based firm who completed numerous government, university and residential … Continue reading

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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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