Now demolished, the Leroy Adams Residence was built to highlight the increasing need for residential construction for low and middle income families. Built on a small lot, the house was incredibly basic, a concrete slab base, 4 1/2 rooms with additional attic space, a shingle exterior, and asphalt shingle roof. The original sale price was $9,750. Today the site includes a slightly larger more recent structure, although two houses away still exists a small dwelling that could be the Leroy Adams Residence’s twin.
Currently being replaced by a large new school, the three story brick administrative building originally housed 1,000 employees. The design was typical of the 50s and included exterior facing of red brick with limestone trim, and aluminum windows. Countless schools, libraries, and other public buildings incorporated the exact same elements. The architects Voorhees Walker Foley & Smith were the exclusive architects for NY Telephone, adapting whatever style of the era to suit the needs of the massive company.
Like much of Simeon Heller’s body of work, the Stein residence is now gone, falling to the larger McMansions that have developed in Beechhurst. The original house had a contemporary flair, with a central recessed and raised entrance flanked by a double height all glass living space on one side and a second floor about a two car garage on the other.
Black and Decker is long gone but this simple one-story building today exists as Parrillada Restaurant. Everything but the basic shape and the corner window bay has been altered.
Replaced by a large hotel, this honorable mention project consisted of a one story pale brick industrial building, of which numerous examples still line the streets of Long Island City. However they are quickly disappearing to an onslaught of new residential development.