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"Aloha … the Universal Word" by Eugene Savagevia Honolulu Museum of Art
Mural featured in the new exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art on Hawaii and Art Deco.
From Honolulu Magazine:

New Honolulu Museum of Art Exhibition: Art Deco in Paradise
When art deco became a global sensation in the 1920s, it was all about mixing modernism with romanticism. Combining bright colors and nostalgic subject matter with clean, abstracted lines and shapes was exciting, and the new aesthetic quickly became ubiquitous. Soon, art deco was showing up worldwide, in paintings,  architecture and even advertising.Hawaii was no exception. In the early 20th century, the Islands were increasingly being sold as the perfect tourist destination—romantic, yes, modern, yes—and art deco became a perfect lens to magnify Hawaii’s charms to a worldwide audience.But, wait … Hawaiian art deco? If you’ve never thought about Hawaii being a hub of art deco style, don’t worry, you’re not the only one.

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"Aloha … the Universal Word" by Eugene Savage
via Honolulu Museum of Art

Mural featured in the new exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art on Hawaii and Art Deco.

From Honolulu Magazine:

New Honolulu Museum of Art Exhibition: Art Deco in Paradise

When art deco became a global sensation in the 1920s, it was all about mixing modernism with romanticism. Combining bright colors and nostalgic subject matter with clean, abstracted lines and shapes was exciting, and the new aesthetic quickly became ubiquitous. Soon, art deco was showing up worldwide, in paintings,  architecture and even advertising.

Hawaii was no exception. In the early 20th century, the Islands were increasingly being sold as the perfect tourist destination—romantic, yes, modern, yes—and art deco became a perfect lens to magnify Hawaii’s charms to a worldwide audience.

But, wait … Hawaiian art deco? If you’ve never thought about Hawaii being a hub of art deco style, don’t worry, you’re not the only one.

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Los Angeles, Californiavia NBC LA
It doesn’t look like much but hopefully it will after the renovation & conversation.
From local news:

Starbucks Heads for That Little Highland Building
Los Angeles, you might have noticed, if you’ve stood on any street, happens to be a city of buildings.Oh, we have our Griffith Park and our ocean and our hills, true true, but postcards typically depict our skyscrapers, our movie studios, the funky marquees and glittery restaurants that dot our structure-packed map.It can be hard for a single building to build enthusiasm, in short.But the little gem that sits at the southwest corner of Highland Avenue and Willoughby Avenue, just north of Melrose Avenue, has long captured the notice of residents, passersby, location scouts, and Art Deco enthusiasts.That notice is sure to grow, now that a drive-through Starbucks is headed its way, says Curbed LA.

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Los Angeles, California
via NBC LA

It doesn’t look like much but hopefully it will after the renovation & conversation.

From local news:

Starbucks Heads for That Little Highland Building

Los Angeles, you might have noticed, if you’ve stood on any street, happens to be a city of buildings.

Oh, we have our Griffith Park and our ocean and our hills, true true, but postcards typically depict our skyscrapers, our movie studios, the funky marquees and glittery restaurants that dot our structure-packed map.

It can be hard for a single building to build enthusiasm, in short.

But the little gem that sits at the southwest corner of Highland Avenue and Willoughby Avenue, just north of Melrose Avenue, has long captured the notice of residents, passersby, location scouts, and Art Deco enthusiasts.

That notice is sure to grow, now that a drive-through Starbucks is headed its way, says Curbed LA.

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Curbed article »

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T&G Building, Geelong, Victoria, Australiavia ABC
Photo from a news report on a conversation of a Deco building in Geelong, southeast Australia.

A prominent art deco building in Geelong will be turned into student accommodation for Deakin University.The T&G building on the corner of Ryrie and Moorabool Streets will house 33 units for university students.The $8.1 million project was jointly funded by the university and the state and federal governments…
…Premier Denis Napthine said he used to visit a dentist called Dr Blood in the T&G building in the 1960s when he was at school in Geelong…
…He said there would be strong measures in place to secure the heritage value of the building.

T&G Building, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
via ABC

Photo from a news report on a conversation of a Deco building in Geelong, southeast Australia.

A prominent art deco building in Geelong will be turned into student accommodation for Deakin University.

The T&G building on the corner of Ryrie and Moorabool Streets will house 33 units for university students.

The $8.1 million project was jointly funded by the university and the state and federal governments…

…Premier Denis Napthine said he used to visit a dentist called Dr Blood in the T&G building in the 1960s when he was at school in Geelong…

…He said there would be strong measures in place to secure the heritage value of the building.

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"Art Deco Hawaii" at The Honolulu Museum of Art

Report from Hawaii News Now (click link for video) on new exhibit on Art Deco Hawaii.

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Manchester Unity, Melbourne, Australiavia The Australian 
Photo from a feature in on the top five views in Sydney — although this is in MELBOURNE and whoever created this list is a dolt and confused it with a building in Sydney.

Certainly one of the most impressive buildings in the CBD, the World Heritage-listed art deco gem was constructed in 1932 and she looks as beautiful as ever, ageing like a bottle of Penfolds Grange. Tip your hat to architect Marcus Barlow by infiltrating level 12 and peering down below.220 Collins St, city.manchesterunitybuilding.com.au

Manchester Unity, Melbourne, Australia
via The Australian

Photo from a feature in on the top five views in Sydney — although this is in MELBOURNE and whoever created this list is a dolt and confused it with a building in Sydney.

Certainly one of the most impressive buildings in the CBD, the World Heritage-listed art deco gem was constructed in 1932 and she looks as beautiful as ever, ageing like a bottle of Penfolds Grange. Tip your hat to architect Marcus Barlow by infiltrating level 12 and peering down below.

220 Collins St, city.
manchesterunitybuilding.com.au

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Majestic Cinema, Darlington, EnglandPhoto by Andy Lamb, The Northern Voice
Movie theater restoration in northern England.
From the article:

 A FORMER Majestic cinema is starting to look exactly that again after months of refurbishment have revealed its stunning art-deco facade.The 1930s building, in Darlington, has been shrouded in cladding and metal girders since becoming an Odeon cinema in the 1940s and a snooker club in the 80s.

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Majestic Cinema, Darlington, England
Photo by Andy Lamb, The Northern Voice

Movie theater restoration in northern England.

From the article:

 A FORMER Majestic cinema is starting to look exactly that again after months of refurbishment have revealed its stunning art-deco facade.

The 1930s building, in Darlington, has been shrouded in cladding and metal girders since becoming an Odeon cinema in the 1940s and a snooker club in the 80s.

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Orange Garden, Chicago, Illinoisby Peter Bella, Interesting Chicago
From a write-up of Chicago’s oldest Chinese restaurant.

Orange Garden is the oldest Chinese restaurant in Chicago. It also boasts the oldest working neon sign in the city.The restaurant was opened in 1926.* The original owner, W. Chan, needed a way to sell Chinese food to Americans.Mr. Chan made his restaurant look like an American diner of the era. He designed the facade using an Art Deco theme. The interior had black booths along with Chinese decorations.The interior is dim, with light filtering in through the front windows. There is an early 20th century feel to the place.

Orange Garden, Chicago, Illinois
by Peter Bella, Interesting Chicago

From a write-up of Chicago’s oldest Chinese restaurant.

Orange Garden is the oldest Chinese restaurant in Chicago. It also boasts the oldest working neon sign in the city.

The restaurant was opened in 1926.* The original owner, W. Chan, needed a way to sell Chinese food to Americans.

Mr. Chan made his restaurant look like an American diner of the era. He designed the facade using an Art Deco theme. The interior had black booths along with Chinese decorations.

The interior is dim, with light filtering in through the front windows. There is an early 20th century feel to the place.

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No, Historic Preservation Does Not Inhibit Urban Growth – Next City

Article in NextCity on how historic preservation and growth can work TOGETHER. -Wendy

No, Historic Preservation Does Not Inhibit Urban Growth

"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."

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$60M Conversion of Art Deco Gem 140 New Montgomery

The 26-story Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Building in San Francisco, an Art Deco landmark, has just undergone a complete renovation and is looking fabulous. From a Curbed article back in March:

$60M Conversion of Art Deco Gem 140 New Montgomery

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.

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