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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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Church of Christ, Detroit, MI

Besides being built in 1972, not a lot of information is available on this complex in Elmwood Park. But through research I did discover an awesome recent photo essay on modernist churches of Detroit. Enjoy that here!

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Life Sciences Building, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

A lesser known design by the firm that built Detroit, the Life Sciences Building was constructed in 1959 by Albert Kahn Associates. At this point Kahn had been dead for 17 years and yet the firm continued on designing numerous … Continue reading

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7451 Third Avenue, Detroit, MI

This quirky little commercial building is located on a curve of Third Avenue as it winds its way through New Center. The building was renovated in 2013 so it’s unclear what materials are original, but the overall design feels distinctly … Continue reading

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Cathedral Church of St. Paul Parish House, Detroit, MI

Detroit has a good number of turn of the century, high-style churches, close to a dozen lining Woodward Avenue at intervals leading out of downtown. St. Paul’s is one of several done in the Gothic Revival style, this one by … Continue reading

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