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N.. Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Wills Building, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
Photos by Simon Godley

Nice set of shot of a Newcastle landmark.

From Flickr:

The Wills Building is a well-known landmark in Newcastle upon Tyne. It was built in the Art Deco style as a cigarette factory in the late 1940s for W. D. & H. O. Wills. It is situated on the New Coast Road from Newcastle upon Tyne to the Billy Mill roundabout in North Shields, and overlooks the Wallsend golf course. It was originally built with the office block facing onto the New Coast Road with the factory itself forming the wings and rear of the building, making the whole factory complex into a quadrangle. After the factory closed in 1986 it stood empty for a number of years. The main building was eventually converted into luxury residential apartments by George Wimpey and was officially reopened as The Wills Building in November 1998.

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Streamline Moderne. I’m not sure where, but like it matters! -Wendy 

belilist:

Killing time with rounded corners - These are just a few examples of Streamline Moderne I spotted a couple of days ago, during a short walk around my hometown. Even though I’m not a big fan of this type of architecture from the 30’s, these rounded corners are absolutely eye catching.

P.S. Yes, it matters, but I don’t have the time to go hunt down an ID.

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Works Progress Administration Building, Queens, New York
Naturally the New York World’s Fair 1939/1940 had to have a WPA building!
nyworldsfaircollections:

Collection Highlight
William A. Dobak. Works Progress Administration Building, 1939. Collection on the 1939/1940 New York World’s Fair. Museum of the City of New York, X2012.66.170

Works Progress Administration Building, Queens, New York

Naturally the New York World’s Fair 1939/1940 had to have a WPA building!

nyworldsfaircollections:

Collection Highlight

William A. Dobak. Works Progress Administration Building, 1939. Collection on the 1939/1940 New York World’s Fair. Museum of the City of New York, X2012.66.170

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L… Lafayette and L… Louisiana
Borden’s Ice Cream Parlor, Lafayette, Louisianaby agilitynut
Awesome restoration job on this building.
From agilitynut’s Roadside Architecture web site:


The Borden’s Ice Cream Parlor opened here in 1940. Borden’s Dairy once had lots of these ice cream parlors near their production plants. This is the only one left. The dairy plant buildings near this ice cream parlor were demolished in 1968. However, it still sells Borden’s ice cream and features Elsie the Cow decorations. The building was completely renovated in 2009. These photos are from 2010. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

L… Lafayette and L… Louisiana

Borden’s Ice Cream Parlor, Lafayette, Louisiana
by agilitynut

Awesome restoration job on this building.

From agilitynut’s Roadside Architecture web site:

The Borden’s Ice Cream Parlor opened here in 1940. Borden’s Dairy once had lots of these ice cream parlors near their production plants. This is the only one left. The dairy plant buildings near this ice cream parlor were demolished in 1968. However, it still sells Borden’s ice cream and features Elsie the Cow decorations. The building was completely renovated in 2009. These photos are from 2010. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

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K… Korea

SNUT Daeryukgwan Hall, Seoul, South Korea
by Robert Koehler

I think this is the first example of Japanese Colonial Deco(ish) architecture I’ve ever posted. 

Background from Wikipedia:

Keijō Imperial University, or  Jōdaifor short, was an Imperial University of Japan from 1924-1946. Established in Keijō city on the Korean Peninsula in 1924 (modern-day Seoul, South Korea), it was abolished by the United States Army Military Government in Korea (USAMGIK) in 1946 after the overthrow of Japanese rule…

It was later merged with 9 other colleges into Seoul National University.

Background from Flickr:

Built in 1942 as the Mining Department of Keijo Imperial University, the building has a very modernist feel. Like the Dasangwan Hall, it has a central tower that gives off a hint of Art Deco.

Registered Cultural Property No. 369

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G… Garland
Plaza Theatre, Garland, Texasby Visit Garland, Texas
Atlanta has a Deco Plaza Theatre and apparently so does Garland.
From Flickr:

Since the 1940s, the elegant Plaza Theatre has been a landmark and focal point for Garland. Now, in its finest hour, the Plaza has been completely refurbished in the art deco style to reflect that bygone era. From the spacious domed lobby area featuring a spectacular chandelier, guests enter the 350-seat theatre equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. The Plaza provides the ultimate theatre-going experience enhanced with luxurious velvet seating and a motorized waterfall curtain. The Plaza Theatre provides a perfect setting for the finest in stage productions, concerts, business meetings, receptions and all other special events. for more information go to www.garlandtx.gov

G… Garland

Plaza Theatre, Garland, Texas
by Visit Garland, Texas

Atlanta has a Deco Plaza Theatre and apparently so does Garland.

From Flickr:

Since the 1940s, the elegant Plaza Theatre has been a landmark and focal point for Garland. Now, in its finest hour, the Plaza has been completely refurbished in the art deco style to reflect that bygone era. From the spacious domed lobby area featuring a spectacular chandelier, guests enter the 350-seat theatre equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. The Plaza provides the ultimate theatre-going experience enhanced with luxurious velvet seating and a motorized waterfall curtain. The Plaza Theatre provides a perfect setting for the finest in stage productions, concerts, business meetings, receptions and all other special events. for more information go to www.garlandtx.gov

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