I will be getting back to the blog soon. As I posted a couple of weeks ago, work has put me and my whole office in the center of a media storm (Ebola). Just as I was about to start posting again, now one of the patients being treated at our hospital is being released. Great great news but so much communicating to be done.
Just as I was about to get back to the blog, the media frenzy I’m caught in at work has gone into overdrive again, as it looks like the two Ebola patients we’ve been treating in our hospital are being released today, having recovered from the disease. Press conference, million tweets, press releases, live video, all sorts of things to be done. But hopefully that settles by tomorrow and I can get back to Art Deco. I have so much stuff stored up!
Apologies for the lack of new posts. The reason is quite mundane: I do communications and marketing work for health sciences at Emory University, where the two American Ebola patients are being treated. So I’ve been busy monitoring social media, reading lots of email, posting items, etc. Reading crackpot comments too. When I’ve not been doing that, I’ve been reading Harry Potter fan fic and a Walter Moors book to distract myself. And one of my cats has been sick. Hopefully things resume some normality soon.
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.