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Mutual Hartford Insurance Company, Hartford, CT

The one thing that everyone notices about Sherwood Mills & Smith’s Mutual Hartford Insurance Company building is the enormous sand-casted mural by Costantino Nivola that takes up the majority of the primary facade. The rest of the building is a … 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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Check out Queens Modern: The Architects!

If you’ve been following this website, you’ve probably noticed it’s not updated much these days. Part of the reason for that is that we’ve been busy with another of our projects, Queens Modern. Through the support of the James Marston … Continue reading

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An Update on Queens Modern

Queens Modern has recently been updated with 50 more sites including a story on the Leo F. Kearns Funeral Home buildings (pictured above) and a feature on Catholic church architect John O’Malley, responsible for more than 100 buildings like American … Continue reading

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Mid-Century Mundane Takes a Road Trip!

Recently I was asked to co-author a short piece about roadside architecture. The basis for the subject was Richard Longstreth’s newly published Road Trip, a book that features 1970s historical photographs of road side architecture including gas stations, motels, drive-ins, and shopping centers. Pictured above is a … Continue reading

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Upcoming Mid-Century Mundane and Queens Modern Talks

In a change from our regular scheduled posts, I am sharing some upcoming programs where I will be speaking about Mid-Century Mundane and Queens Modern. If you are interested, I hope you’ll join me!             … Continue reading

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Mundane Moment: Jordan Gruzen

I was saddened to hear that New York-based architect Jordan Gruzen died in January 2015. Gruzen’s work as part of the partnership of Kelly & Gruzen informed much of my interest in mid-century and modern architecture in the New York … Continue reading

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Queens Modern is here!

Hello Mid-Century Mundane fans, I’m pleased to announce that Queens Modern is here! This new project is a natural progression of my interest in “everyday” mid-century architecture and focuses on a specific group of buildings for a more in-depth examination … Continue reading

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Exciting News for Mid-Century Mundane

Mid-Century Mundane was started as a website looking to document just a fragment of the mid-century regional and vernacular architecture out there. And now we take our next big step with a more robust project to examine a specific grouping … Continue reading

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