Report from Hawaii News Now (click link for video) on new exhibit on Art Deco Hawaii.
(Hawaii News Now) - From the 19-20’s to the 19-40’s, art deco flourished in the islands. The Honolulu Museum of Art is hosting the first major museum exhibition focusing on the Hawaiian take on the art deco style.The Honolulu Museum of Art presents Art Deco Hawai‘i, the first major museum exhibition to focus on the seductive Hawaiian take on the international Art Deco style, which flourished in the islands from the 1920s to the 1940s.
"American preservationists, too, have become so accustomed to pushing for the enforcement of preservation laws that they often are stereotyped as gatekeepers of nostalgia. Those who fought New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan for upzoning part of Midtown Manhattan were demonized as anti-development. In truth, they were trying to protect the existing development. Polyphonic streetscapes of buildings of varying heights, styles and forms blended with smart new design attract people. Modern monoliths, embodied by St. Louis’ old Pruitt-Igoe (at worst) or Paris’ La Defense (at best), repel rather than attract people."
The Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Building at 140 New Montgomery was one of San Francisco’s first high-rises and was the tallest building in the city at 26 stories upon its completion in 1925. Purchased by developer Wilson Meany in 2007, the building has now been updated and converted into a modern office tower with 280,000 square feet. Tech tenants such as Yelp and Lumosity are set to move into the space, which keeps much of its stunning Art Deco character, especially in the striking lobby. Renovation work cost $60 million and included the installation of 1,300 new windows, a seismic retrofit, the creation of a sculpture garden and outdoor restaurant space and the installation of new green technology to reduce energy usage.