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Valley Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale, AZ

Looking back two years ago to the Docomomo Symposium in Phoenix, I had a chance to see a lot of high modern including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West and Paolo Soleri’s experimental Arcosanti. But beyond that, there is a large … Continue reading

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Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Beverly Hills, CA

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1956, at 436 S. Beverly Drive.

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National Association of Broadcasters Building, Washington, DC

One of DC’s more interesting corporate office buildings, the National Association of Broadcasters sits at the corner of N Street and 17th Street, NW. The architects were Mills Petticord & Mills who also did this DC Brutalist design. Loren Sage designed … Continue reading

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Church of the Visitation, Bronx NY

A quick visit to this church, which has been closed since 2015 due to continued parish mergers across the city. The building is a little dour with a dark brick facade with white concrete accents. However this is set off … Continue reading

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St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Smithtown, NY

Built in 1966, St. Andrew’s Lutheran is a modest structure, topped with a six-sided cupola that brings light in through blue and white colored glass.  

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Temple Emanu-El, East Meadow, NY

Unfortunately, this post is to celebrate a unique modern synagogue that is imminently destined for the wrecking ball. Designed by the underrated Davis, Brody, and Wisnieski, the oval sanctuary is sited at one end of the complex with a connector … Continue reading

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Medical Arts Building, Havre de Grace, MD

This is a rare modern building in this area of Maryland and even more unusual, designed by an immigrant female architect who brought Corbusian principles to her work. Poldi Hirsch based her practice in this small town and designed several … Continue reading

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