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Friday, June 3, 2011

Ten More Mid-Cen Gems in Manhattan

New contours, new symmetry, new outlines preoccupied mid-century architects--as evidenced by Beth Israel's 13-story Jack and Belle Linsky Pavilion, completed in 1966 at 281 First Avenue. 

These ever-so-slightly hipped mid-cen apertures at 162 Amsterdam Avenue date from around 1964.

On the campus of the Fashion Institute of Technology on West 27th Street is the Administration and Technology Building, completed in 1958 and designed by DeYoung & Moscowitz.

This mid-cen sign on the Morris W. & Fannie B. Haft Auditorium is also from 1958.

Morris Lapidus brought a little Miami Beach to New York City in 1961 with his undulating, sea-foam-colored design for the Summit Hotel (now the Doubletree Metropolitan) at 569 Lexington Avenue. The building was declared a New York City landmark in 2005.  

The design of Habonim Congregation at 44 West 66th Street features a cube rotated 45 degrees and set within another cube. It was designed in 1956 by Stanley Prowler and Frank Falliance.

The 36-story Park Lane residential building at 185 East 85th Street was designed by H.I. Feldman, completed in 1967, and has been seen by millions in the opening credits for The Jeffersons. They moved into one of its 442 apartments in 1975.

South facade of the 24-story Verizon Building, 240 East 38th Street, designed by Kahn & Jacobs in 1967.

Cat's-eye stained-glass windows perforate the facade of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, designed in 1956 by Percival Goodman. In Hannah and Her Sisters, Sam Waterson takes Carrie Fisher and Dianne Wiest on an architectural tour, singling out this structure (at 5 East 62nd Street) for censure.

The curving facade of 200 Central Park South, a residential building designed in 1964 by Wechsler & Schimenti.

At 450 West 33rd, Davis, Brody & Associates concocted this brawny mid-cen silhouette in 1970 for the Westyard Distribution Center.
To look at a previous posting on this style of architecture, visit: Ten Mid-Cen Gems in Manhattan

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