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Details, Chicago Bee Building, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Debbie

Close-ups of the richly detailed facade.

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Chicago Bee Building
Bronzeville
Address: 3647-55 S. State St.
Year Built: 1929-1931
Architect: Z. Erol Smith

The Chicago Bee newspaper was founded by noted African-American entrepreneur Anthony Overton. This Art Deco-style building was constructed as the headquarters for the Chicago Bee newspaper. Terra Cotta by the Northwestern Terra Cotta Company of Chicago.

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Chicago Bee Building, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Debbie
Very pretty Deco with a green color palette, representing a bit of African-American history in Chicago. (The building now serves as a branch of the Chicago Public Library, BTW.)
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Chicago Bee Building.BronzevilleAddress: 3647-55 S. State St.Year Built: 1929-1931Architect: Z. Erol Smith
The Chicago Bee newspaper was founded by noted African-American entrepreneur Anthony Overton. This Art Deco-style building was constructed as the headquarters for the Chicago Bee newspaper. Terra Cotta by the Northwestern Terra Cotta Company of Chicago.

Chicago Bee Building, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Debbie

Very pretty Deco with a green color palette, representing a bit of African-American history in Chicago. (The building now serves as a branch of the Chicago Public Library, BTW.)

From Flickr:

Chicago Bee Building.
Bronzeville
Address: 3647-55 S. State St.
Year Built: 1929-1931
Architect: Z. Erol Smith

The Chicago Bee newspaper was founded by noted African-American entrepreneur Anthony Overton. This Art Deco-style building was constructed as the headquarters for the Chicago Bee newspaper. Terra Cotta by the Northwestern Terra Cotta Company of Chicago.

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Details, Medic Building, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Debbie

External details from an endangered building.

From Flickr:

The Medic Building, on Preservation Chicago’s new list of most endangered buildings. “The Medic building, situated at the corner of Melrose and Ashland, is an extremely intact example of a Chicago building with art deco detailing. This intersection, in conjunction with Belmont and Ashland, was an important commercial hub when the building was constructed in 1929.” M.F. Strauch, architect.

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Medic Building, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Debbie
Endangered building with lots of detail, like large sunbursts. (Detail shot coming up.)
From Flickr:

The Medic Building, on Preservation Chicago’s new list of most endangered buildings. “The Medic building, situated at the corner of Melrose and Ashland, is an extremely intact example of a Chicago building with art deco detailing. This intersection, in conjunction with Belmont and Ashland, was an important commercial hub when the building was constructed in 1929.” M.F. Strauch, architect.

Medic Building, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Debbie

Endangered building with lots of detail, like large sunbursts. (Detail shot coming up.)

From Flickr:

The Medic Building, on Preservation Chicago’s new list of most endangered buildings. “The Medic building, situated at the corner of Melrose and Ashland, is an extremely intact example of a Chicago building with art deco detailing. This intersection, in conjunction with Belmont and Ashland, was an important commercial hub when the building was constructed in 1929.” M.F. Strauch, architect.

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Belle Shore Apartments, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Debbie
Elegant exterior detail. 
From Flickr:

The eight-story Belle Shore Apartments is located at 1062 W. Bryn Mawr. Built in 1929 as an apartment hotel, it was designed by Nathaniel Koenigsberg and Leon Weisfeld, who were influenced by the Egyptian Art-Deco movement (King Tut’s tomb had been discovered only a few years before). It was named for developer Max Malter’s wife, Belle. It is decorated in green-and-cream terra cotta from the Northwest Terra Cotta Company and has many relief figures. The lobby has a mural with scenes from the Old Testament. The Belle Shore was originally intended as studio and one-bedroom accommodations for young, single working people and operated as a residential hotel—with full ammenities—for many years. Over the decades, the Belle Shore was the victim of neglect, and much wear-and-tear was evident. (Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads website)

Belle Shore Apartments, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Debbie

Elegant exterior detail. 

From Flickr:

The eight-story Belle Shore Apartments is located at 1062 W. Bryn Mawr. Built in 1929 as an apartment hotel, it was designed by Nathaniel Koenigsberg and Leon Weisfeld, who were influenced by the Egyptian Art-Deco movement (King Tut’s tomb had been discovered only a few years before). It was named for developer Max Malter’s wife, Belle. It is decorated in green-and-cream terra cotta from the Northwest Terra Cotta Company and has many relief figures. The lobby has a mural with scenes from the Old Testament. The Belle Shore was originally intended as studio and one-bedroom accommodations for young, single working people and operated as a residential hotel—with full ammenities—for many years. Over the decades, the Belle Shore was the victim of neglect, and much wear-and-tear was evident. (Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads website)

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Belle Shore Apartments, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Anthony Alfaro
Bright and colorful terra cotta.
From Flickr:

Brilliant Bryn Mawr Sunburst 
Pure Art Deco-ness on the Belle Shore Apartment. This lovely 1929 Egyptian Art Deco apartment building was designed by architects Nathaniel Koenigsberg and Leon Weisfeld and currently is a key building on the Bryn Mawr Historic District.

Belle Shore Apartments, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Anthony Alfaro

Bright and colorful terra cotta.

From Flickr:

Brilliant Bryn Mawr Sunburst 

Pure Art Deco-ness on the Belle Shore Apartment. This lovely 1929 Egyptian Art Deco apartment building was designed by architects Nathaniel Koenigsberg and Leon Weisfeld and currently is a key building on the Bryn Mawr Historic District.

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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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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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I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America | Wolfsonian-FIU

New exhibit open at the Wolfsonian in Miami

I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America

June 27 2014 - September 28 2014
Seventh Floor, The Wolfsonian–FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

The first major exploration of the theater and industrial designer whom the New York Times dubbed “the Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th century.”

A visionary who was equally comfortable in the realms of fact and fiction, Norman Bel Geddes (1893–1958) played a significant role in the 1920s and ’30s, shaping not only modern America but also the nation’s image of itself as innovator and leader into the future. Bel Geddes most famously expressed his dynamic vision of this American future—streamlined, technocratic, and optimistic—with his unforgettable Futurama exhibition at the 1939–40 New York World’s Fair. Bringing together some 200 never-before-seen drawings, models, photographs and films of theater sets and costumes, housing projects and appliances, airplanes and automobiles, the exhibition underscores that Bel Geddes sought nothing less the transformation of American society through design.

I Have Seen the Future is a traveling exhibition organized by the Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Art Deco Stamps - Wikipedia

Not architecture, but cool enough to share, I thought.

The Art Deco style also influenced postage stamp design in a number of countries in the twenties and thirties.[3] One of the focuses of Art Deco was transportation and machines, particularly airplanes, and airmail stamps of the period often were designed in this style. Stamps from some countries showed strong art deco influence, while in others it was absent or barely noticeable. The countries whose stamp designs were most influenced by Art Deco include a number of European countries such as France and the Netherlands, as well as several Latin American countries, particularly Mexico, Brazil and Chile. Stamps of the United States and Great Britain, in contrast, followed traditional design and showed little influence of this new style.

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