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In April the North Shore-LIJ Health System became the new owner of the O’Toole Building—the big white structure with the scallop-edge precast panels on Seventh Avenue between 12th and 13th streets. Originally the Joseph Curran Building of the National Maritime Union, it was designed by Albert Ledner and completed in 1964. It’s now part of the Greenwich Village Historic District. Lenox Hill Hospital, a division of North Shore-LIJ Health System, is in the process of redeveloping the O’Toole Building as a comprehensive care medical facility providing hospital emergency room services, diagnostic imaging, ambulatory surgery and physicians’ practices.... MORE

The photo at right shows interior demolition underway at the former Manufacturers Trust Company building at 510 Fifth Avenue on June 22. Knowing that the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designated this space an interior landmark in April makes the photo all the more shocking.... MORE

June 22, 2011 photo: © James Biber

In June the National Trust for Historic Preservation released its annual “11 Most Endangered List,” and this year it includes a Modern building–the Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago by Bertrand Goldberg (1913-1997). The iconic landmark, composed of a concrete quatrefoil tower over a rectangular base, is threatened with demolition pending plans by its owner, Northwestern University. ... MORE

© G. Goldberg + Associates

Ever find yourself in a foreign city wondering “where’s the Modern?” Now there’s a nifty website to assist you in your hunt. MIMOA is a online modern architecture guide that allows users to filter by search results to “Before 1950” and “1950-1970.”... MORE