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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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7650 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI

In a city filled with Minoru Yamasaki designs, here is a building that might have taken a few cues from him. The structure is elevated above street level and seems to float above a recessed first floor, both characteristics seen on … Continue reading

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Arts League Building, Detroit, MI

Located on Woodward Avenue, one of Detroit’s main thoroughfares, the Arts League Building is a mid-rise mid-century corporate office tower. Originally constructed in 1915, the building had a mid-century facade added in 1960. The front facade includes blue tiles and … Continue reading

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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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