Maginnis Walsh and Kennedy | Bronze Plaque for Religious Buildings | Extant | Forest Hills | Religious Building | 1954 |
This convent fits well into the larger Gothic Revival religious complex of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. The school dates from 1929, the church itself from 1939. All have stone facades with slate roofs, giving a unified appearance. The convent’s principal facade faces into the complex and is situated next to the rectory. It can be recognized by the large statue of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs inside a niche. The convent was originally designed for up to 24 Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As with many secondary religious buildings from this time such as monasteries and convents, it is unclear if this is still serves the same purpose today.
Rosenfeld, Arthur H. | Honorable Mention | Extant | Forest Hills | Healthcare or Nursing Facility | 1954 |
This L-shaped building has the feeling of a motel with windows facing a large open courtyard. Still a nursing home today, much of the original detailing has been lost behind a generic plaster facade.
Heller, Simeon | Bronze Plaque for Residences | Extant | Flushing | Residence | 1954 |
This structure built by an architect for his own residence is a simple and striking example of residential design. Heller was a longtime Queens Chamber Building Awards chairman and jury member. For his own home, he designed a modest home with, as the program book states, “…thought given to orientation for privacy, ventilation and view.” The building sits above grade on a slope with a garage and basement at street level. Although the description states that the design employs no special ornamentation, a calm design emerges with natural materials blending into a terraced landscape behind a rock retaining wall. The current owners have lovingly maintained the exterior design including a unique wood lattice framework on the side elevation.