Category Archives: New York State

Guttman Building at Henry Street Settlement, Lower East Side, NYC

Another great one by DeYoung Moskowitz and Rosenberg, who are most well-known for the Modern buildings at the Fashion Institute of Technology, but were really around doing Modern design from the 1930s until at least the late 1960s. This one … Continue reading

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First Church of Religious Science, Midtown East, NYC

While are all at home at the moment, we are digging into our never posted archives. This is the First Church of Religious Science, established in 1927 as part of the New Thought Movement. This storefront at 14 East 48th … Continue reading

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Fifth Avenue Synagogue, Upper East Side, NYC

A building in New York City that no one ever mentions is the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, which is just off Fifth on 62nd Street. Designed by prolific synagogue architect Percival Goodman, this is a unique example of an urban design, … Continue reading

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Jack LaLanne European Health Spa, Scarsdale, NY

This long abandoned round health club sits along a fairly nondescript commercial strip in suburban Scarsdale. The main structure is a single-story round building cantilevered over a concrete entrance base. Designed by regional architect Thomas J. Walters, the unusual shape … Continue reading

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Postwar Churches Presentation in Albany on November 22nd

  An important part of the Mid-Century Mundane study has been houses of worship. On November 22nd, I will be presenting a talk, The Architecture of Catholic Modernism In New York State: From Post War to Vatican II, as part … Continue reading

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Queens Modern tour on October 5th!

As Archtober, join Queens Modern for a tour of the Roman Catholic Church of the Transfiguration, a unique structure in Queens’ Maspeth neighborhood, combining mid-century design and Lithuanian folk elements. Constructed in 1962 to designs by Lithuanian architect Jonas Mulokas, the … Continue reading

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Church of the Epiphany, NYC: Revisited

We’ve previously covered the Church of the Epiphany’s exterior (and window salvaged from the previous church). But recently we were about to view the sanctuary. The walls are covered with the same dark brown brick as the exterior and the … 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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