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1400 16th St., San Francisco, Californiafrom the San Francisco Business Times
From a news item on a major real estate deal. (Here’s the property on Google Street View.)

New manufacturing center planned for huge Art Deco warehouse complex in S.F.’s Showplace Square
ASB Real Estate Investments is buying 1400 16th St., a 103,000-square-foot office-warehouse complex in San Francisco that’s been home to dressmaker Jessica McClintock Inc.’s headquarters for four decades. ASB, in a joint venture with SKS Partners and ProspectHill Group, bought the 1938 Art Deco buildings, in the Showplace Square district, as a redevelopment play.

1400 16th St., San Francisco, California
from the San Francisco Business Times

From a news item on a major real estate deal. (Here’s the property on Google Street View.)

New manufacturing center planned for huge Art Deco warehouse complex in S.F.’s Showplace Square

ASB Real Estate Investments is buying 1400 16th St., a 103,000-square-foot office-warehouse complex in San Francisco that’s been home to dressmaker Jessica McClintock Inc.’s headquarters for four decades. ASB, in a joint venture with SKS Partners and ProspectHill Group, bought the 1938 Art Deco buildings, in the Showplace Square district, as a redevelopment play.

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Rand Tower, Minneapolis, Minnesotafrom the Star Tribune
Detail from a 1928 skyscraper in Minneapolis which has just been sold, per this news item.
Details:

An Art Deco gem in downtown Minneapolis has an out-of-town buyer.
Felton Properties Inc. of Portland, Ore., plans to buy the 26-story Rand Tower, a sleek limestone office building in the heart of downtown, for an undisclosed sum. The deal is expected to close in a couple weeks.

Rand Tower, Minneapolis, Minnesota
from the Star Tribune

Detail from a 1928 skyscraper in Minneapolis which has just been sold, per this news item.

Details:

An Art Deco gem in downtown Minneapolis has an out-of-town buyer.

Felton Properties Inc. of Portland, Ore., plans to buy the 26-story Rand Tower, a sleek limestone office building in the heart of downtown, for an undisclosed sum. The deal is expected to close in a couple weeks.

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Swine & Co, Sydney, AustraliaPhoto from Vogue Australia
A historic Sydney bank building becomes a posh restaurant.
From the article:

Situated in what must be one of the most well-preserved Art Deco interiors in Sydney, the old Bank of NSW building was designed by architect Bruce Dellit—responsible, too, for Hyde Park’s beloved Art Deco war memorial—and completed in 1940.

Swine & Co, Sydney, Australia
Photo from Vogue Australia

A historic Sydney bank building becomes a posh restaurant.

From the article:

Situated in what must be one of the most well-preserved Art Deco interiors in Sydney, the old Bank of NSW building was designed by architect Bruce Dellit—responsible, too, for Hyde Park’s beloved Art Deco war memorial—and completed in 1940.

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State Theater, Napier, New ZealandPhoto by Warren Buckland, Hawke’s Bay Today
From a news article on the major renovation of the State Theater in one of the world’s Deco architectural capitals, Napier, NZ:

Napier’s State Theatre building is having a major makeover into a new cafe and college.
The rear and one roadside wall of the building, which stands at the corner of Dickens and Dalton streets, have already come down and the interior has been gutted.
But Art Deco enthusiasts need not worry about losing another slice of history. The corner frontage, with its patterned ridges and arched windows, will remain.
The theatre is listed with Heritage New Zealand and is on the Napier City Council database of heritage buildings.
Wallace Development manager Mike Walker said the two-storey frontage of the 80-year-old building would be earthquake-strengthened* to take it up to 67 per cent of the building code, while the rear section would be a new level.
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* Worth noting that the reason Napier has so much Deco is that a large portion of it was destroyed in an earthquake in the early 1930s. So earthquake-proofing makes sense.

State Theater, Napier, New Zealand
Photo by Warren Buckland, Hawke’s Bay Today

From a news article on the major renovation of the State Theater in one of the world’s Deco architectural capitals, Napier, NZ:

Napier’s State Theatre building is having a major makeover into a new cafe and college.

The rear and one roadside wall of the building, which stands at the corner of Dickens and Dalton streets, have already come down and the interior has been gutted.

But Art Deco enthusiasts need not worry about losing another slice of history. The corner frontage, with its patterned ridges and arched windows, will remain.

The theatre is listed with Heritage New Zealand and is on the Napier City Council database of heritage buildings.

Wallace Development manager Mike Walker said the two-storey frontage of the 80-year-old building would be earthquake-strengthened* to take it up to 67 per cent of the building code, while the rear section would be a new level.

More…

* Worth noting that the reason Napier has so much Deco is that a large portion of it was destroyed in an earthquake in the early 1930s. So earthquake-proofing makes sense.

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Bullocks Wilshire Building, Los Angeles, CaliforniaPhoto by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register
From a piece in the Orange County Register on the abundance of Deco in Downtown LA:

You may have walked by them a hundred times, on your way to work, or out for the night with friends.
But have you noticed them?
Look up and you’ll see. Or look more closely at a doorway and you’ll notice. Art Deco gems line Hollywood Boulevard and dot downtown Los Angeles. We asked two experts to suggest some highlights to create mini walking tours you can take yourself.
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Bullocks Wilshire Building, Los Angeles, California
Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register

From a piece in the Orange County Register on the abundance of Deco in Downtown LA:

You may have walked by them a hundred times, on your way to work, or out for the night with friends.

But have you noticed them?

Look up and you’ll see. Or look more closely at a doorway and you’ll notice. Art Deco gems line Hollywood Boulevard and dot downtown Los Angeles. We asked two experts to suggest some highlights to create mini walking tours you can take yourself.

Continue…

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Civic Building, Phoenix, Arizonavia AZCentral
From a news editorial posted by AZCentral:

Good fortune appears to have played an unusually big part in the effort to preserve the magnificent Art Deco-style State Fair Civic Building at the state fairgrounds.
It now appears that someone may have tried knocking down one of the last remaining Art Deco Depression-era buildings in the Valley while no one was looking…
…The Civic Building had been scheduled for demolition last week until preservationists got lucky and discovered, almost literally at the eleventh hour, that the building was scheduled for demolition. They persuaded a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to issue a stay of execution long enough to hold a hearing.

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Civic Building, Phoenix, Arizona
via AZCentral

From a news editorial posted by AZCentral:

Good fortune appears to have played an unusually big part in the effort to preserve the magnificent Art Deco-style State Fair Civic Building at the state fairgrounds.

It now appears that someone may have tried knocking down one of the last remaining Art Deco Depression-era buildings in the Valley while no one was looking…

…The Civic Building had been scheduled for demolition last week until preservationists got lucky and discovered, almost literally at the eleventh hour, that the building was scheduled for demolition. They persuaded a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to issue a stay of execution long enough to hold a hearing.

More + Video »

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