This bank branch is currently vacant and has been completely reclad in 90s era ceramic tiles. A simple structure incorporated into an existing commercial row, the building was originally identified by a facade of precast aggregate panels and a large bay of windows that looked onto the banking floor.
This building’s 13-story tower is visible from most points on the Queens College campus, acting as a focal point for administrative and classroom uses. The structure consists of the central tower and several wings of varying heights. The finishes are brick and steel with aluminum panels and windows, and metal canopies over all entrances. Queens College went through a major expansion throughout the 1960s and five of its buildings won Building Awards including the Colden Center, dining hall, and this one being the last.
Unfortunately a rarity even by 1970, the Rose Ann Shearin Residence is an extant example of a woman-designed building, in this case by a woman named Rose Ann Shearin who designed it to evoke a West Coast aesthetic. The house is clad in white brick known as White Marsh designed to give it an an aged patina and the top floor incorporates a mansard roof. Wood-fronted balconies on both upper floors supported by columns have subsequently been removed.
Judging from the award program image, Simeon Heller’s Flushing Medical Building was a simple two-story brick box with a raised entrance and parking at the rear. The structure held 12 offices. Not only did Heller design the building but he was also most likely the owner, hidden behind the name 42-27 Union Street Corporation, which was based out of his architecture office at 38-11 Union Street. The building was demolished sometime in the past few decades and subsequently became a parking lot.
The Donnelly Nursing Home, now Sutton Gardens Senior Living, is a one-story brick building set back from the neighboring residential houses. The materials are brick with white trim. The entrance is topped by a simplified Colonial Revival pediment.