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Berkshire Bank, Chatham, NY

Along the main street in Chatham is this bank. The rest of the town is intact Victorian or earlier, but this 1956 bank fits in quite nicely. Today it’s Berkshire Bank but it has gone through numerous incarnations. By 1967 … Continue reading

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John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Kingston, NY

Tucked away in a quiet part of Kingston, this elementary school is a snapshot of the era with its bright enamel panels, original aluminum bands at the cornice line, aluminum framed windows, and lighting fixtures. It was built in 1954-65 by … Continue reading

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St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, Washington, DC

St. Benedict is a historically black congregation and one of the first Catholic churches in DC with a black pastor. It’s located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood facing a park that runs along the banks of the Anacostia River. The … Continue reading

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Southeast Community Library, St. Paul, MN

Ralph Rapson is renowned in Minneapolis, having a prolific body of work from more than 50 years of an architectural practice in Minnesota alone.  However his buildings have not always fared so well. The Twin Cities lost one of his most … Continue reading

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Mundane Mondays: St. Charles R. C. Church, Staten Island, NYC

Another Mundane Monday entry from Gabriella A. This is St. Charles Church on Staten Island. The parish was founded in 1960 and this church in 1973. There is also a school and convent from the mid 60s on site. The … Continue reading

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First Unitarian Society, Minneapolis, MN

The First Unitarian Society sits on a curving hillside street overlooking the Walker Art Center. The complex is built into the hillside itself so that is possible to enter the church at street level on Mount Curve Avenue and descend … Continue reading

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FDNY Engine 209, Brooklyn, NY

This former fire house (now owned by a private company) was built in 1965 and designed by Pedersen & Tilney. The firm was active from 1952-64 and based in New Haven, CT. They have a substantial body of work there including housing, … Continue reading

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