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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.

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30 East Adams, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Stephanie Barto
Elevator light. Dang! 
From Flickr:

30 East Adams 
The original owner of this building was Potter Palmer, who had it constructed in the 1920’s. In 1938 the Bennett Brothers rented space in the building, and in 1968 they purchased it. Very interesting building…a mix of early art deco style with Mid-Century Modern. I think the lobby probably still looks very much the same as it did when the Bennett Brothers purchased it and opened their showroom there circa 1972…

30 East Adams, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Stephanie Barto

Elevator light. Dang! 

From Flickr:

30 East Adams 

The original owner of this building was Potter Palmer, who had it constructed in the 1920’s. In 1938 the Bennett Brothers rented space in the building, and in 1968 they purchased it. Very interesting building…a mix of early art deco style with Mid-Century Modern. I think the lobby probably still looks very much the same as it did when the Bennett Brothers purchased it and opened their showroom there circa 1972…

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30 East Adams, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Stephanie Barto

Oh, wow! I think there’s a line leading to each elevator. I want in! 

From Flickr:

30 East Adams 

The original owner of this building was Potter Palmer, who had it constructed in the 1920’s. In 1938 the Bennett Brothers rented space in the building, and in 1968 they purchased it. Very interesting building…a mix of early art deco style with Mid-Century Modern. I think the lobby probably still looks very much the same as it did when the Bennett Brothers purchased it and opened their showroom there circa 1972…

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30 East Adams, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Stephanie Barto
I love this. A couple of interior photos coming up. -Wendy
From Flickr:

30 East Adams 
The original owner of this building was Potter Palmer, who had it constructed in the 1920’s. In 1938 the Bennett Brothers rented space in the building, and in 1968 they purchased it. Very interesting building…a mix of early art deco style with Mid-Century Modern. I think the lobby probably still looks very much the same as it did when the Bennett Brothers purchased it and opened their showroom there circa 1972…

30 East Adams, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Stephanie Barto

I love this. A couple of interior photos coming up. -Wendy

From Flickr:

30 East Adams 

The original owner of this building was Potter Palmer, who had it constructed in the 1920’s. In 1938 the Bennett Brothers rented space in the building, and in 1968 they purchased it. Very interesting building…a mix of early art deco style with Mid-Century Modern. I think the lobby probably still looks very much the same as it did when the Bennett Brothers purchased it and opened their showroom there circa 1972…

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Broadway Antique Market, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Irina Hynes
Great example of 1930s retail.
Vintage postcard:

From a write-up of BAM:

Originally built by the Pakan family in 1939 to run their furniture business, this building would bounce from purpose to purpose— An auto dealership, a wig manufacturer (“One Touch of Glamour” :), an art gallery and finally, an upholsterer.
Because of its spectacular terra cotta façade and stunning Art Deco features, the building was on the city’s endangered list, but did not have landmark status. Slated to be demolished and replaced by a Blockbuster Video (remember them?) the former owner was heartbroken by the deal. 
Enter Jeff & Danny.  Promising to bring the structure back to its former glory, they matched the offer on the table and the owner rejected Blockbuster’s plans.  An architectural tragedy had been averted and a vintage rebirth was about to take it’s place.

Broadway Antique Market, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Irina Hynes

Great example of 1930s retail.

Vintage postcard:

From a write-up of BAM:

Originally built by the Pakan family in 1939 to run their furniture business, this building would bounce from purpose to purpose— An auto dealership, a wig manufacturer (“One Touch of Glamour” :), an art gallery and finally, an upholsterer.

Because of its spectacular terra cotta façade and stunning Art Deco features, the building was on the city’s endangered list, but did not have landmark status. Slated to be demolished and replaced by a Blockbuster Video (remember them?) the former owner was heartbroken by the deal. 

Enter Jeff & Danny.  Promising to bring the structure back to its former glory, they matched the offer on the table and the owner rejected Blockbuster’s plans.  An architectural tragedy had been averted and a vintage rebirth was about to take it’s place.

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