Art Deco Architecture

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State Theater, Napier, New ZealandPhoto 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.
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* 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.

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.

More…

* 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.

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Bullocks Wilshire Building, Los Angeles, CaliforniaPhoto 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.
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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.

Continue…

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Civic Building, Phoenix, Arizonavia AZCentral
From a news editorial posted by AZCentral:

Good fortune appears to have played an unusually big part in the effort to preserve the magnificent Art Deco-style State Fair Civic Building at the state fairgrounds.
It now appears that someone may have tried knocking down one of the last remaining Art Deco Depression-era buildings in the Valley while no one was looking…
…The Civic Building had been scheduled for demolition last week until preservationists got lucky and discovered, almost literally at the eleventh hour, that the building was scheduled for demolition. They persuaded a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to issue a stay of execution long enough to hold a hearing.

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Civic Building, Phoenix, Arizona
via AZCentral

From a news editorial posted by AZCentral:

Good fortune appears to have played an unusually big part in the effort to preserve the magnificent Art Deco-style State Fair Civic Building at the state fairgrounds.

It now appears that someone may have tried knocking down one of the last remaining Art Deco Depression-era buildings in the Valley while no one was looking…

…The Civic Building had been scheduled for demolition last week until preservationists got lucky and discovered, almost literally at the eleventh hour, that the building was scheduled for demolition. They persuaded a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to issue a stay of execution long enough to hold a hearing.

More + Video »

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30 East Adams, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Stephanie Barto
Elevator light. Dang! 
From Flickr:

30 East Adams 
The original owner of this building was Potter Palmer, who had it constructed in the 1920’s. In 1938 the Bennett Brothers rented space in the building, and in 1968 they purchased it. Very interesting building…a mix of early art deco style with Mid-Century Modern. I think the lobby probably still looks very much the same as it did when the Bennett Brothers purchased it and opened their showroom there circa 1972…

30 East Adams, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Stephanie Barto

Elevator light. Dang! 

From Flickr:

30 East Adams 

The original owner of this building was Potter Palmer, who had it constructed in the 1920’s. In 1938 the Bennett Brothers rented space in the building, and in 1968 they purchased it. Very interesting building…a mix of early art deco style with Mid-Century Modern. I think the lobby probably still looks very much the same as it did when the Bennett Brothers purchased it and opened their showroom there circa 1972…

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30 East Adams, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Stephanie Barto

Oh, wow! I think there’s a line leading to each elevator. I want in! 

From Flickr:

30 East Adams 

The original owner of this building was Potter Palmer, who had it constructed in the 1920’s. In 1938 the Bennett Brothers rented space in the building, and in 1968 they purchased it. Very interesting building…a mix of early art deco style with Mid-Century Modern. I think the lobby probably still looks very much the same as it did when the Bennett Brothers purchased it and opened their showroom there circa 1972…

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30 East Adams, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Stephanie Barto
I love this. A couple of interior photos coming up. -Wendy
From Flickr:

30 East Adams 
The original owner of this building was Potter Palmer, who had it constructed in the 1920’s. In 1938 the Bennett Brothers rented space in the building, and in 1968 they purchased it. Very interesting building…a mix of early art deco style with Mid-Century Modern. I think the lobby probably still looks very much the same as it did when the Bennett Brothers purchased it and opened their showroom there circa 1972…

30 East Adams, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Stephanie Barto

I love this. A couple of interior photos coming up. -Wendy

From Flickr:

30 East Adams 

The original owner of this building was Potter Palmer, who had it constructed in the 1920’s. In 1938 the Bennett Brothers rented space in the building, and in 1968 they purchased it. Very interesting building…a mix of early art deco style with Mid-Century Modern. I think the lobby probably still looks very much the same as it did when the Bennett Brothers purchased it and opened their showroom there circa 1972…

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Broadway Antique Market, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Irina Hynes
Great example of 1930s retail.
Vintage postcard:

From a write-up of BAM:

Originally built by the Pakan family in 1939 to run their furniture business, this building would bounce from purpose to purpose— An auto dealership, a wig manufacturer (“One Touch of Glamour” :), an art gallery and finally, an upholsterer.
Because of its spectacular terra cotta façade and stunning Art Deco features, the building was on the city’s endangered list, but did not have landmark status. Slated to be demolished and replaced by a Blockbuster Video (remember them?) the former owner was heartbroken by the deal. 
Enter Jeff & Danny.  Promising to bring the structure back to its former glory, they matched the offer on the table and the owner rejected Blockbuster’s plans.  An architectural tragedy had been averted and a vintage rebirth was about to take it’s place.

Broadway Antique Market, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Irina Hynes

Great example of 1930s retail.

Vintage postcard:

From a write-up of BAM:

Originally built by the Pakan family in 1939 to run their furniture business, this building would bounce from purpose to purpose— An auto dealership, a wig manufacturer (“One Touch of Glamour” :), an art gallery and finally, an upholsterer.

Because of its spectacular terra cotta façade and stunning Art Deco features, the building was on the city’s endangered list, but did not have landmark status. Slated to be demolished and replaced by a Blockbuster Video (remember them?) the former owner was heartbroken by the deal. 

Enter Jeff & Danny.  Promising to bring the structure back to its former glory, they matched the offer on the table and the owner rejected Blockbuster’s plans.  An architectural tragedy had been averted and a vintage rebirth was about to take it’s place.

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