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Mundane Mondays: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM

Today’s entry is from a new state for Mid-Century Mundane, New Mexico. Submitted by reader Brigid H. is St. Paul Lutheran Church from 1971. The structure features swooping brick walls interspersed with narrow windows. It’s a severe yet dynamic facade … Continue reading

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Clapp Library, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Clapp Library is a type of building I feature less often here, an older structure with significant mid-century additions. Here, the additions are substantial enough to change the perception of the building and its relationship to the campus. The central core … Continue reading

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Yeshiva Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, Washington Heights, NYC

This educational building dates from 1960 and is sited on a sloped site at the corner of Bennett Avenue and West 186th Street. Because of the slope the building is elevated a story with recreational facilities for the school on … Continue reading

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Brooklyn District Public Health Office, Brooklyn, NYC

This Health Department building in Bedford-Stuyvesant dates from 1954. It’s a boxy, rambling design in orange brick with a central limestone entrance tower. There is minimal exterior detailing, although there is horizontal brick striping around the window at the upper … Continue reading

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Windsor Terrace Library, Brooklyn, NYC

This one-story library sits at an intersection that must look very different from it did before the library was completed. According to the library’s website, the site was delayed because in the early 1960s, the Gowanus Expressway cut a swath … Continue reading

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St. Peter St. Paul Catholic Elementary School, Staten Island, NYC

Not much to say about this mundane school on Staten Island. The details here are very minimal–too simple brick boxes with flat roofs and a flat concrete canopy at the central entrance courtyard. Due to its rather late development, Staten … Continue reading

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Second District Dental Society, Brooklyn, NYC

Located on a block of brownstones, the Second District Dental Society is a modest structure that fits in well with its neighbors. The building includes 5,000 square feet of space including an auditorium, dental office, laboratory, and administrative offices. The Society … Continue reading

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