Article on a plan to create a uniform color code for a street in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) with a lot of Deco. Official “believes painting the Art Deco buildings in soft pastels will help increase tourism potential” but they are still working out how to get residents on board with this (and I suppose how to pay for it.) -Wendy
Rand Tower, Minneapolis, Minnesota
from the Star Tribune
Detail from a 1928 skyscraper in Minneapolis which has just been sold, per this news item.
An Art Deco gem in downtown Minneapolis has an out-of-town buyer.
Felton Properties Inc. of Portland, Ore., plans to buy the 26-story Rand Tower, a sleek limestone office building in the heart of downtown, for an undisclosed sum. The deal is expected to close in a couple weeks.
South Street Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada
Per an update on an Ontario news site:
The stones that make up the Art Deco facade on the South Street Hospital will be removed, preserved and stored at the [London Health Sciences Center]’s Victoria campus… the plan is to re-erect the 138-year-old facade somewhere at the Victoria campus in the future.
Swine & Co, Sydney, Australia
Photo from Vogue Australia
A historic Sydney bank building becomes a posh restaurant.
From the article:
Situated in what must be one of the most well-preserved Art Deco interiors in Sydney, the old Bank of NSW building was designed by architect Bruce Dellit—responsible, too, for Hyde Park’s beloved Art Deco war memorial—and completed in 1940.
Can you believe this is happening?!
From Curbed NY:
Open House New York in association with the Art Deco Society of New York will be holding an Art Deco scavenger hunt on Saturday, August 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants will work alone or in teams to decode over 60 clues which lead to locations of Art Deco buildings across the city. To participate, registered players post photos in front of the Deco landmarks on Instagram. Points will be tallied, prizes will be given, and everyone will receive a complimentary t-shirt.
Anyone wanna spot me the money for a NYC weekend vacation, feel free :) -Wendy
A description of an Art Deco architectural tour in Shanghai, China, from a Weekly Telegraph blog post by/about ex-pats.
Hamilton Lake, Hamilton, New Zealand
Photo from Stuff.co.nz
One of a number of homes in a real estate slide show on Art Deco homes for sale in New Zealand. Click here for more.
State Theater, Napier, New Zealand
Photo by Warren Buckland, Hawke’s Bay Today
From a news article on the major renovation of the State Theater in one of the world’s Deco architectural capitals, Napier, NZ:
Napier’s State Theatre building is having a major makeover into a new cafe and college.
The rear and one roadside wall of the building, which stands at the corner of Dickens and Dalton streets, have already come down and the interior has been gutted.
But Art Deco enthusiasts need not worry about losing another slice of history. The corner frontage, with its patterned ridges and arched windows, will remain.
The theatre is listed with Heritage New Zealand and is on the Napier City Council database of heritage buildings.
Wallace Development manager Mike Walker said the two-storey frontage of the 80-year-old building would be earthquake-strengthened* to take it up to 67 per cent of the building code, while the rear section would be a new level.
* Worth noting that the reason Napier has so much Deco is that a large portion of it was destroyed in an earthquake in the early 1930s. So earthquake-proofing makes sense.
Bullocks Wilshire Building, Los Angeles, California
Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register
From a piece in the Orange County Register on the abundance of Deco in Downtown LA:
You may have walked by them a hundred times, on your way to work, or out for the night with friends.
But have you noticed them?
Look up and you’ll see. Or look more closely at a doorway and you’ll notice. Art Deco gems line Hollywood Boulevard and dot downtown Los Angeles. We asked two experts to suggest some highlights to create mini walking tours you can take yourself.