30 March 2012

Chance Encounters with Modern Architecture (1)

Today I am starting a new series, "Chance Encounters with Modern Architecture".

The idea behind the posts, which will appear at irregular intervals (but always, at least initially) on Fridays, are "postcards" of unexpected finds of modern architecture – or perhaps art – which caught my eye, but without demanding or warranting a full-length 1,300 word post.

It's about sharing overlooked delicious little morsels that pop up while on your way to say, Seaboard Wines or Emil's Sausages.

Today: The Patton Insurance Building

What is it: A freestanding single story, two room office building, approx. 770 sf under air, likely concrete block construction on slab, butterfly roof. Built in 1960, architect unknown.

Why did it catch my eye: A great first example for an overlooked and unassuming small building, with clean lines, good proportions, well-placed fenestration and a sweet "V"-profile to the front. Located on a divided four-lane road, framed by small businesses and strip-malls, north of downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Where is it: 1525 NE 4 Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Map.

What's your take - do you like the idea behind the series? Do you have a morsel to share?

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