Author Archives: midcenturymundane

New article on Queens Modern

Check out this virtual walk looking at vernacular modernism in Queens’ Forest Hills neighborhood with yours truly! https://www.gothamcenter.org/blog/schlep-in-the-city-forest-hills Advertisements

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Arlington Assembly of God, Arlington, VA

This is a pretty standard red brick modern complex in Virginia (a state not generally known for its modern). However the segmentation of the rounded sanctuary is a nice design feature which also allows light into the space and the … Continue reading

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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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