Concrete columns splayed at the base, individual sections of glass curtain wall, a top section that projects provocatively--these are mod hallmarks that give the Harlem State Office Building a decidedly mid-century look. It was designed in 1973 by Ifill Johnson Hanchard and is at 163 West 125th Street.
From the mid-50s till the mid-70s, architects sought fresh forms for buildings--such as the one used here for the Lucile and Carl Oestreicher Community House, next to Temple Shaaray Tefila at 250 East 79th Street.
For two decades, a feverish preoccupation with new architectural articulations endowed Manhattan with scores of arresting buildings--including the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at 50 Washington Square South. It was designed in 1972 by Philip Johnson and Richard Foster.
205 Third Avenue: The sinuous marquee at Gramercy Park Towers dates from 1964.
44 West 62nd Street: 30-story Lincoln Plaza Tower (1973) by Horace Ginsbern and Associates.
37 West 12th Street: Butterfield House (1962) by Mayer, Whittlesey & Glass.
Hexagonal fountain in the forecourt of Butterfield House.
435 West 116th Street: Columbia University Law School (1961) by Harrison & Abramovitz. The sculpture by Jacque Lipchitz was placed here in 1977.
520 Twelfth Avenue: Sheraton Motor Inn (1960) by Morris Lapidus. Nowadays this is the Chinese Consulate.
Central Park at the Harlem Meer: Loula D. Lasker Pool-Ice Rink (1963) by Fordyce and Hamby.
Sky-viewing slits created by the origami-ish roofs of Lasker's concrete pavilion.
This is not one of the Ten Mid-Cen Gems but it sure could be. Evoking that bygone era of risk-taking design, the Standard New York by Polshek Partnership went up not 40 years ago but in 2009.