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O… Oceanside
Americanization School, Oceanside, CaliforniaPhoto by Chris Yao
Unique blend of styles.
From Flickr:

The Americanization School displays hints of Art Deco while also taking in North African–Islamic influences that Irving Gill picked up from his brief partnership with Frank Mead. Gill designed the 3,550-square-foot (330 m²) wood-frame and stucco structure to fit its triangular, wedge-shaped corner site. With a prominent corner, Gill placed an arched entryway with a minimalist Islamic-style dome atop a short, octagonal tower. For class space, Gill planned two wings to run back from the corner, along the length of the lot in a V-shape; however, only one was ever built. To break up a potentially monotonous wall, he stepped the classes into three sections along the edge of the property. To bring in natural light, he placed clerestory windows and French doors to the south-facing side.

O… Oceanside

Americanization School, Oceanside, California
Photo by Chris Yao

Unique blend of styles.

From Flickr:

The Americanization School displays hints of Art Deco while also taking in North African–Islamic influences that Irving Gill picked up from his brief partnership with Frank Mead. Gill designed the 3,550-square-foot (330 m²) wood-frame and stucco structure to fit its triangular, wedge-shaped corner site. With a prominent corner, Gill placed an arched entryway with a minimalist Islamic-style dome atop a short, octagonal tower. For class space, Gill planned two wings to run back from the corner, along the length of the lot in a V-shape; however, only one was ever built. To break up a potentially monotonous wall, he stepped the classes into three sections along the edge of the property. To bring in natural light, he placed clerestory windows and French doors to the south-facing side.

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N… Napier
National Tobacco Company, Napier, New ZealandPhoto by Russell James Smith
Detail of the lovely and much photographed National Tobacco Company in Napier, a city which boasts one of the most concentrated and impressive collections of Deco in the world.
From Flickr:

Taken on an Art Deco tour of Napier, New Zealand, March 2010.
Napier was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and subsequently rebuilt in the Art Deco style. Now preserved and maintained it has one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco architecture in the world and has been nominated for World Heritage Site status.

N… Napier

National Tobacco Company, Napier, New Zealand
Photo by Russell James Smith

Detail of the lovely and much photographed National Tobacco Company in Napier, a city which boasts one of the most concentrated and impressive collections of Deco in the world.

From Flickr:

Taken on an Art Deco tour of Napier, New Zealand, March 2010.

Napier was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and subsequently rebuilt in the Art Deco style. Now preserved and maintained it has one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco architecture in the world and has been nominated for World Heritage Site status.

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N… Nebraska
Durham Museum, Omaha, Nebraskaby DMR Studios
Extraordinary building not only for its survival but its gorgeous present state. Compare this to Buffalo Central Terminal.
From Flickr:

The Durham Museum interior in Omaha, Nebraska. Designed in the late 1920’s by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, this beautiful art deco station was completed in 1931. Commissioned by Union Pacific, it served as the Union Station on 10th Street in downtown Omaha for 40 years, until 1971 when Congress established the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, now Amtrak, to handle all railroad passenger travel. The ceiling displays themes and elements of the great western plains culture.

Also, here’s the official web site: Durham Museum.

N… Nebraska

Durham Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
by DMR Studios

Extraordinary building not only for its survival but its gorgeous present state. Compare this to Buffalo Central Terminal.

From Flickr:

The Durham Museum interior in Omaha, Nebraska. Designed in the late 1920’s by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, this beautiful art deco station was completed in 1931. Commissioned by Union Pacific, it served as the Union Station on 10th Street in downtown Omaha for 40 years, until 1971 when Congress established the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, now Amtrak, to handle all railroad passenger travel. The ceiling displays themes and elements of the great western plains culture.

Also, here’s the official web site: Durham Museum.

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Common Council Chambers, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New YorkPhoto by Wendy Darling
Part of the half-circle of wall where paintings of former city mayors are displayed. The wall is acoustic tile and adds to the chamber’s excellent acoustics.
From the City’s web site:

The Council Chamber is probably one of the finest Chambers of its kind in the country. The woodwork is inlaid with American Walnut. The Chamber can seat 383 people. The room is acoustically treated making the room perfect in the way of sound, even without a microphone.

Common Council Chambers, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

Part of the half-circle of wall where paintings of former city mayors are displayed. The wall is acoustic tile and adds to the chamber’s excellent acoustics.

From the City’s web site:

The Council Chamber is probably one of the finest Chambers of its kind in the country. The woodwork is inlaid with American Walnut. The Chamber can seat 383 people. The room is acoustically treated making the room perfect in the way of sound, even without a microphone.

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Executive Department, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New YorkPhoto by Wendy Darling
The Mayor’s Office (here called the Executive Department) has its original Deco gate, dividing the entryway from the open office space used by secretaries.
In case you’re wondering about the carpet, we asked the guide, and he wasn’t sure but he thinks it’s a reproduction of the original, as it does look to be period but there’s no way it could look that good after 80 years of city politics.

Executive Department, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

The Mayor’s Office (here called the Executive Department) has its original Deco gate, dividing the entryway from the open office space used by secretaries.

In case you’re wondering about the carpet, we asked the guide, and he wasn’t sure but he thinks it’s a reproduction of the original, as it does look to be period but there’s no way it could look that good after 80 years of city politics.

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