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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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B’nai Israel Jewish Center, Brooklyn, NYC

Quite a find in the neighborhood of East Flatbush is the former B’nai Israel Jewish Center from 1955. The building is now East Brooklyn Community High School. Although the use has changed, the original purpose is still clear especially from the … Continue reading

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The Emanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, CT

The Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford dates from 1970. The design of this building is restrained and shows the turning point from 1960s detailing to a sometimes more severe and utilitarian focus on use and materials, here in dull brown … Continue reading

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Firefighter Dan DeFranco Building, Murray Hill, NYC

                      This five story building sits close to the intersection of East 23rd Street and Third Avenue. It’s a rather small project by Kahn and Jacobs, a firm headed Ely … Continue reading

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Mundane Mondays: Riverdale Branch Library, Bronx, NYC

Today’s submission comes from longtime reader David Lurie, who has submitted some great examples of Mid-Century Mundanity. This one was completely unknown to me and is a wonderful glass and brick structure with a prominent A-frame facade. Robert L. Bien … Continue reading

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