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1957 Flxible Starlinervia Carscoops
Much as I sometimes features trains and cars, though they’re not architecture, I can’t resist sharing this. -Wendy
From the (month-old) article:

Despite going out of favor as a style after World War II, art deco design still continues to send reverberations in architecture and industrial design even today.
As you can imagine, the closer you go back to its glory days, the more prominent it becomes, and, in 1957, Flxible created the Starliner, a stunningly designed motorhome whose design was all art deco.
However, they never made that many of them and reportedly, there are only a handful left. One is for sale in Easley, South Carolina, and the owner is asking $235,000 for it. 

1957 Flxible Starliner
via Carscoops

Much as I sometimes features trains and cars, though they’re not architecture, I can’t resist sharing this. -Wendy

From the (month-old) article:

Despite going out of favor as a style after World War II, art deco design still continues to send reverberations in architecture and industrial design even today.

As you can imagine, the closer you go back to its glory days, the more prominent it becomes, and, in 1957, Flxible created the Starliner, a stunningly designed motorhome whose design was all art deco.

However, they never made that many of them and reportedly, there are only a handful left. One is for sale in Easley, South Carolina, and the owner is asking $235,000 for it. 

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Allstate Insurance Company, Atlanta, GeorgiaPhotos from Georgia State University Photograph CollectionsLane Brothers Photographs Collection
Insurance company building in Midtown, at 1401 Peachtree St. I think it must date to the 1950s. Funnily, at some point in I think the 1990s somebody decided to make it look even older by adding some overtly Deco motifs to it, as you can see in Google Street View here. -Wendy 

Allstate Insurance Company, Atlanta, Georgia
Photos from Georgia State University Photograph Collections
Lane Brothers Photographs Collection

Insurance company building in Midtown, at 1401 Peachtree St. I think it must date to the 1950s. Funnily, at some point in I think the 1990s somebody decided to make it look even older by adding some overtly Deco motifs to it, as you can see in Google Street View here. -Wendy 

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Georgia Department of Health, Welfare, and Education Building, Atlanta, Georgia
Photos from Georgia State University Photograph Collections
Lane Brothers Photographs Collection

Another behemoth State of Georgia office building, located right by the State Capitol. Again, this is the “Stripped Deco” style that was very popular from the 1930s onward to the 1950s — a conservative, functional Deco style with Classical motifs, like columns, interpreted in a modern/flat way. 

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Thomas K. Glenn Memorial Building, Atlanta, GeorgiaPhotos from Georgia State University Photograph CollectionsTracy O’Neal Photographs Collection
Across from Grady Memorial Hospital, one of the Southeast’s largest public hospitals. I’ve had meetings in this building. The Grady branch of Emory University’s Health Sciences Center Library and offices for various clinical departments are housed here. -Wendy 

Thomas K. Glenn Memorial Building, Atlanta, Georgia
Photos from Georgia State University Photograph Collections
Tracy O’Neal Photographs Collection

Across from Grady Memorial Hospital, one of the Southeast’s largest public hospitals. I’ve had meetings in this building. The Grady branch of Emory University’s Health Sciences Center Library and offices for various clinical departments are housed here. -Wendy 

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Retail Credit Building, Atlanta, Georgia
Photos from Georgia State University Photograph Collections

When this popped up in the archive, I was prepared to say “This building is long gone…” I didn’t recognize it! But then I ran a search and doh! this is the big building on Peachtree near Brookwood that’s now home to the Atlanta campus of SCAD. Before that it was occupied by Equifax. -Wendy 

From Atlanta Time Machine:

1600 Peachtree Street NW
Completed in 1956, this building served for many years as the headquarters for the Retail Credit Company.  The Retail Credit Company, which was founded in  Atlanta in 1898 by 2 Chattanooga transplants, brothers Cator and Guy Woolford, had its original offices on Decatur Street in downtown Atlanta. Later, they built a (still standing) headquarters in the Fairlie-Poplar district in the heart of downtown Atlanta.  In 1979, the Retail Credit Co. changed its name to Equifax and is today one of the world’s largest consumer credit reporting agencies. The former Retail Credit building is now part of the Atlanta campus of the  Savannah College of Art & Design.

(Source: digitalcollections.library.gsu.edu)

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Penobscot Building, Detroit, Michigan1957 Wire Photo via eBay
Another wire photo of this Detroit landmark.
From eBay:

1957 Detroit Michigan Penobscot Building Wire Photo
You are bidding on an original 8 x 10 Wire Photo of Detroit Michigan Penobscot Building. Photo is dated Sep 24,1957.
We have acquired one of the largest collections of Original AP, UPI and various other news service photos from several news media outlets. Most of our photographs are in great condition considering they are 20 - 90 years old. 

Penobscot Building, Detroit, Michigan
1957 Wire Photo via eBay

Another wire photo of this Detroit landmark.

From eBay:

1957 Detroit Michigan Penobscot Building Wire Photo

You are bidding on an original 8 x 10 Wire Photo of Detroit Michigan Penobscot Building. Photo is dated Sep 24,1957.

We have acquired one of the largest collections of Original AP, UPI and various other news service photos from several news media outlets. Most of our photographs are in great condition considering they are 20 - 90 years old. 

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