Posts tagged 1930s
Posts tagged 1930s
Niagara Mohawk Building, Syracuse, New York
Photo by the National Register of Historic Places
Those of you familiar with this blog’s Facebook page know that an image from this building is the header — permanently — of the page. I love it so much I think if I ever am in Syracuse and reach it, I might kiss it.
From the NRHP’s Flickr post:
The Niagara Hudson Building
Other name: Niagara Mohawk Building
Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY
The Niagara Hudson Building in Syracuse is an outstanding example of Art Deco architecture and a symbol of the Age of Electricity. Completed in 1932, the building became the headquarters for the nation’s largest electric utility company and expressed the technology of electricity through its modernistic design, material, and extraordinary program of exterior lighting. The design elements applied by architects Melvin L. King and Bley & Lyman transformed a corporate office tower into a widely admired beacon of light and belief in the future. With its central tower and figurative winged sculpture personifying electric lighting, the powerfully sculpted and decorated building offered a symbol of optimism and progress in the context of the Great Depression.
Kings Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Historic Photo via State Library of New South Wales
1930s movie theater.
Kings Theatre at Marrickville, Sydney. Night shot showing illuminated exterior, 1937 / photographer Sam Hood
Fox Theatre, Spokane, Washington
Photo by Patrick Jordan
Interior detail from the 1931 theater, saved from destruction, restored and reopened in 2007.
S… San Diego
San Diego City & County Administration Building, San Diego, California
Photo by Sid Penance
One of a whole set of beautiful photos of the city’s government center. See the full set by clicking here and then using the navigation (right arrow) to go through the set. Just beautiful!
S… Saint Louis
Continental-Life Building, Saint Louis, Missouri
Photo by Bill Badzo
GREAT black and white image.
Another image, same building, same artist (click here for large):
Building notes, from Flickr:
The Continental-Life Building, also known as the Continental Building, is an Art Deco skyscraper in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, which was completed in 1930.
Commissioned by Edward Mays to be the home of his two businesses, Continental-Life Insurance and the Grand National Bank, the building was designed by William B. Ittner, a prominent St. Louis architect. It housed businesses through the mid-1960s, when its co-owners included St. Louis mayor Alfonso J. Cervantes, prominent St. Louis defense attorney Morris Shenker, and Harold Koplar of KPLR. At some point in the 1970s the building fell into disrepair.
After a few false starts in the late 1990s, St. Louis developers Pete Rothschild and Stephen Trampe took on the project, renovating the building into apartments. It reopened in 2001. The building has a connected three-story parking garage, which is used by both residents and patrons of the nearby Fox Theatre. The top of the parking garage holds an outdoor pool for residents’ use.
Architectural elements from the building were collected over time by the St. Louis Building Arts Foundation and returned to the building in the Stephen Trampe renovation.
Forum Building, Sacramento, California
Photo by Ryan Malhowski
Looking up a beauty.
Atlantic House, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Photo by Hans de Meij
Great building in that typical localized Deco often called Amsterdam Style.
The art-deco style Atlantic house was completed in 1930. It was designed by the architect P.G. Buskens. This photo was taken using a Nikon FM2n (Fujicolor Pro 160S).
Kurhaus Warenmünde, Rostock, Germany
Photo by Christophe
One of those adamantly symmetrical buildings.
Photo by kungfooo
I love this sort of building. There are a bunch like near where a friend of mine lives in London, Clerkenwell neighborhood, and a really cool one on I think Oxford Street.
Model Tobacco, Richmond, Virginia
Photo by skipplitt
Great B&W shot of the tobacco company building. It looks like something from a 30s poster, doesn’t it?
Closer shot of the facade:
Building info, per Wikipedia:
Built from 1938-40, the Art Deco style Model Tobacco Building is the primary six-story building of a six building collection of buildings comprising a former tobacco factory. Located at 1100 Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. Route 1), in Richmond, Virginia, the building was designed by the Chicago architecture firm of Schmidt, Garden and Erikson and is known for the 9’ tall Moderne MODEL TOBACCO letters which dominate the north end of the building.
It is one of many Art Deco buildings in Richmond, including assorted buildings on Grace Street including the Central National Bank building, the Virginia Union Belgian Building, Medical College of Virginia’s West Hospital and Henrico Theater.
Currently the building houses approximately 3.5 acres (14,000 m2) of used cubicle partitions and other miscellaneous office furniture. It also is the site of Russ Parsons’ famous collection of “hot dog cars,” rumored in certain circles to be worth tens of thousands of dollars.
A developer, Hunt Investments LLC, has proposed turning the property into over 600 apartments, with a projected cost of $84 million. The development will offer an indoor pool, a fitness center, jogging trail, a childcare center, and individual security for each of the housing units. Over 600 apartments will be developed in a mix of both market rate and workforce housing in three phases. Less than five minutes from the central downtown business district via a divided 4 lane highway, this historic Model Tobacco destination will become the flagship for renewal of the Jeff Davis Corridor.