Author Archives: midcenturymundane

Bender Building, Washington, DC

With facades facing S St, 18th St, and Connecticut Avenue NW, the L-shaped Bender Building is a stylish and subtle early modern landmark. Constructed in 1959, the 12 story building was a leader in showcasing modern office space in downtown DC. … Continue reading

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Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, Washington, DC

Capitol Hill United Methodist Church was constructed in 1965-66 to house several congregations from around the area that merged. The original structure on Seward Square was demolished and interestingly, a chandelier salvaged from building has hung in the Capitol since … Continue reading

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Union Savings & Loan, New Orleans, LA

The Union Savings & Loan building is located at 353 Carondelet Avenue and is amazingly intact on the exterior. This building was submitted by reader Tara K.

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Mishkon Tfiloh, Providence, RI

Located just outside the Summit Historic District, Mishkon Tfiloh is one of the later additions to the community, being completed in 1962, and located on the edge of an area primarily filled with early to mid-20th century residences. According to … Continue reading

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Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted, Waltham, MA

This suburban church appears similar to countless red brick churches across the country. However look closer and there are a few details that stand out. The front entrance and side elevations all sport an undulated concrete awning which gives the … Continue reading

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Second Baptist Church Educational Building, Detroit, MI

This auxiliary church building was built in 1968 and designed by Nathan Johnson who also designed the Detroit People Mover stations, like the one directly across the street from this building. He designed homes and this incredible commercial building that … Continue reading

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Skillman Center for Children, Detroit, MI

Here we have another mundane take on Yamasaki (and to a lesser extent Albert Kahn Associates) which shows the prevalent use of formalism throughout Detroit during the mid-century. Part of Wayne State, the Skillman Center for Children building dates from 1965 … Continue reading

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