Mid-Century Modern Concrete Block Screen WallsPosted on 04/23/2017 by Architectural Observer • 1 CommentJust a few random examples of some of the ways decorative concrete block has been used in the past for both ornament and privacy. These examples all probably date to the 1960’s: A well-preserved masonry office building with a hint of Brutalism. The circle-motif blocks give privacy to office windows. An outside sitting area is effectively screened from the street by decorative block near the entrance to a nursing home. An exuberant awning enlivens an otherwise austere facade. The angle of the sun reveals the building’s windows a few feet behind the concrete block. Alternating sizes of concrete block offer a chilly reception to any potential visitors in stark contrast to the open and inviting porch that this Craftsman-style bungalow once possessed. The remodeled porch is now old enough to be in vogue again.