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Mary Mother of Priests, Jemez Springs, NM

Our posts continue from New Mexico, courtesy of reader Brigid H. This church, Mary Mother of Priests, looks like a beacon in the landscape, complete with lantern crowning the tower in front. The materials are stark and simple including large stone … Continue reading

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William James Hall, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NYC

Pictured is William James Hall, a major building at Brooklyn College. Opened in the early 1973 as part of the College’s West Quad renovations the building’s formalist style is recently more visible alongside the adjoining structures. In 2009, Rafael Vinoly’s West … Continue reading

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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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