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Jane’s Walk Virtual Tour of Queens Modern

June 30, 2020

DOCOMOMO US/NY Tri-State board member Frampton Tolbert organized this tour as part of Urban Archive’s “Jane’s Walk” tour collection. The virtual tour takes a look at some of the sites of lesser known modern design in Queens through the Urban Archive lens.

In New York City, when one thinks of modernism, one thinks of Manhattan, with its wealth of high-profile modern buildings by nationally and internationally significant architects. The other boroughs are largely undiscovered in terms of mid-century design. Besides Eero Saarinen’s world-famous TWA Terminal at JFK Airport, even the most knowledgeable architects and historians would be hard pressed to name another mid-century building in NYC from outside Manhattan that has made its way into the canon of American architecture. But of the other four boroughs, it is Queens that has the largest body of modern architecture and design to study.

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Top: The Vatican Pavilion, Queens, NY. Photo courtesy of Columbia University Seymour B. Durst Old York Library Collection. Bottom: United Artists Midway Theatre, ca. 1994, Forest Hills, Queens, NY. Edmund Vincent Gillon. Photo courtesy of Museum of the City of New York.