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S… Seattle
Seattle Tower, Seattle, WashingtonIllustration by Gerard Michel
I was looking for a photo for Seattle and instead found this wonderful illustration. Wow! And look at all this artist’s other architectural work!
Info on Seattle Tower from Wikipedia:

The Seattle Tower, originally known as the Northern Life Tower, is a 27-story skyscraper in downtown Seattle, Washington. The building is located on 1218 Third Avenue and is known as Seattle’s first art-deco tower. Its distinctive, ziggurat exterior is clad in 33 shades of brick designed to effect a gradient which lightens from the bottom to the top of the building. This is said to have been inspired by local rock formations.

S… Seattle

Seattle Tower, Seattle, Washington
Illustration by Gerard Michel

I was looking for a photo for Seattle and instead found this wonderful illustration. Wow! And look at all this artist’s other architectural work!

Info on Seattle Tower from Wikipedia:

The Seattle Tower, originally known as the Northern Life Tower, is a 27-story skyscraper in downtown Seattle, Washington. The building is located on 1218 Third Avenue and is known as Seattle’s first art-deco tower. Its distinctive, ziggurat exterior is clad in 33 shades of brick designed to effect a gradient which lightens from the bottom to the top of the building. This is said to have been inspired by local rock formations.

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R… Rochester
Times Square Building, Rochester, New YorkPhoto by J-Fish
Some buildings have more distinctive roof lines than others… 
From Flickr:

The “Wings of Progress” are one of the most distinctive features of the Rochester Skyline. Each aluminum wing weighs 12,000 pounds and stand 42 feet tall atop the Times Square Building, whose corner stone was laid October 29th, 1929 (the day of the great stock market crash).

R… Rochester

Times Square Building, Rochester, New York
Photo by J-Fish

Some buildings have more distinctive roof lines than others… 

From Flickr:

The “Wings of Progress” are one of the most distinctive features of the Rochester Skyline. Each aluminum wing weighs 12,000 pounds and stand 42 feet tall atop the Times Square Building, whose corner stone was laid October 29th, 1929 (the day of the great stock market crash).

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L… Lexington
Lexington Laundry Co., Lexington, Kentuckyby Robby Virus
Detail from the facade.
Info from Flickr:

The Lexington Laundry Company building, built around 1929, is possibly the best example of Art Deco architecture in Lexington, Kentucky. The façade is composed of wheat-toned glazed tile highlighted by stylized floral patterns.

Wider view, same photographer:

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Lexington Laundry Co., Lexington, Kentucky
by Robby Virus

Detail from the facade.

Info from Flickr:

The Lexington Laundry Company building, built around 1929, is possibly the best example of Art Deco architecture in Lexington, Kentucky. The façade is composed of wheat-toned glazed tile highlighted by stylized floral patterns.

Wider view, same photographer:

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K… Knoxville
Medical Arts Building, Knoxville, Tennesseeby Brent Moore
This building has a similar style — Gothic/Deco — to Atlanta City Hall.
From Flickr:

The Medical Arts building was constucted in downtown Knoxville with the style of Gothic Revival wth Art Deco influence. When construction began in 1929, plans were to make it 13 stories tall, but with the great depression, it was reduced to 10 when building was complete in 1932. Today, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.

K… Knoxville

Medical Arts Building, Knoxville, Tennessee
by Brent Moore

This building has a similar style — Gothic/Deco — to Atlanta City Hall.

From Flickr:

The Medical Arts building was constucted in downtown Knoxville with the style of Gothic Revival wth Art Deco influence. When construction began in 1929, plans were to make it 13 stories tall, but with the great depression, it was reduced to 10 when building was complete in 1932. Today, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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D… Detroit
Detroit Saturday Night Building, Detroit, MichiganPhoto by Michael G. Smith
True, I’ve been making an effort to post Detroit pictures but had not seen this building before. I love the window treatments on the ground level.
From Flickr:

This is one of Detroit’s more significant—yet little-appreciated—Art Deco buildings. It was designed for Detroit Saturday Night by Smith, HInchman & Grylls Chief Designer, Wirt Rowland, and was completed in 1929. The building is located at 1959 E. Jefferson Avenue, just east of the Dequindre Cut.
Rowland used here many of the design elements of the Penobscot Building, most notably, limestone facing, beveled roof-line, “organ pipes” or convex fluting, stepped arch, and emphasis on both vertical and horizontal. The significance of the building is due in part to its extraordinary similarity to the Art Deco structures in and around Miami Beach, constructed beginning in the mid-thirties. The similarities may, in fact, be an outgrowth of the design efforts of Wirt Rowland in Detroit.
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D… Detroit

Detroit Saturday Night Building, Detroit, Michigan
Photo by Michael G. Smith

True, I’ve been making an effort to post Detroit pictures but had not seen this building before. I love the window treatments on the ground level.

From Flickr:

This is one of Detroit’s more significant—yet little-appreciated—Art Deco buildings. It was designed for Detroit Saturday Night by Smith, HInchman & Grylls Chief Designer, Wirt Rowland, and was completed in 1929. The building is located at 1959 E. Jefferson Avenue, just east of the Dequindre Cut.

Rowland used here many of the design elements of the Penobscot Building, most notably, limestone facing, beveled roof-line, “organ pipes” or convex fluting, stepped arch, and emphasis on both vertical and horizontal. The significance of the building is due in part to its extraordinary similarity to the Art Deco structures in and around Miami Beach, constructed beginning in the mid-thirties. The similarities may, in fact, be an outgrowth of the design efforts of Wirt Rowland in Detroit.

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David Stott Building, Detroit, Michigan
Another look at the building — up!
From Wikipedia:

It has 37 stories with three additional floors below street level. The building rises from a reddish granite base and incorporates brick, marble (on the first three floors from the street), and limestone as its surface materials. As with many of the other Detroit buildings of the era it contains architectural sculpture by Corrado Parducci. The tower’s tiered summit is brightly lighted with uplights on each facade and complements the similarly lighted Westin Book Cadillac Hotel downtown. The David Stott Building neighbors 1001 Woodward to the southeast. SkyBar Detroit opened in 2011 on the 35th floor of the David Stott Tower.

olddetroit:

A view upwards at the David Stott Building, 1934.  
After laying dormant for a short period, the building reopened in 2011 and is now home to the Skybar Lounge. 

David Stott Building, Detroit, Michigan

Another look at the building — up!

From Wikipedia:

It has 37 stories with three additional floors below street level. The building rises from a reddish granite base and incorporates brickmarble (on the first three floors from the street), and limestone as its surface materials. As with many of the other Detroit buildings of the era it contains architectural sculpture by Corrado Parducci. The tower’s tiered summit is brightly lighted with uplights on each facade and complements the similarly lighted Westin Book Cadillac Hotel downtown. The David Stott Building neighbors 1001 Woodward to the southeast. SkyBar Detroit opened in 2011 on the 35th floor of the David Stott Tower.

olddetroit:

A view upwards at the David Stott Building, 1934.  

After laying dormant for a short period, the building reopened in 2011 and is now home to the Skybar Lounge. 

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