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Paramount Theater, Oakland, Californiavia StopSmilingOnline.com
Great picture of this grand theater’s grand interior. From this article, which presents a background on Bay Area Deco and architect Timothy Pflueger.

Slideshow: SAN FRANCISCO ART DECO
Like Chicago after the great fire of 1871, San Francisco was rebuilt from the ground up in the months and years following the devastating earthquake of 1906. As the residents dug out of the ashes and rubble that leveled most of the downtown area, architects flocked to the city to help with the rebuilding effort and to make a name for themselves. 
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Paramount Theater, Oakland, California
via StopSmilingOnline.com

Great picture of this grand theater’s grand interior. From this article, which presents a background on Bay Area Deco and architect Timothy Pflueger.

Slideshow: SAN FRANCISCO ART DECO

Like Chicago after the great fire of 1871, San Francisco was rebuilt from the ground up in the months and years following the devastating earthquake of 1906. As the residents dug out of the ashes and rubble that leveled most of the downtown area, architects flocked to the city to help with the rebuilding effort and to make a name for themselves. 

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Palo Alto Hospital, Palo Alto, CaliforniaPhoto by Bruce Damonte
Example of a Deco hospital, brought back to life and its original fabulousness. From this article:

The Art Deco Treatment: Stanford Restores Hospital in Palo Alto
No major medical breakthroughs happened at the original Palo Alto Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., and no scientific discoveries were made there. But the hospital, which treated thousands of patients in the decades after it opened in 1931, holds one important distinction: it’s a stunning example of pre-World War II hospital architecture. And the Art Deco building recently returned to its original glory after an extensive restoration.
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Palo Alto Hospital, Palo Alto, California
Photo by Bruce Damonte

Example of a Deco hospital, brought back to life and its original fabulousness. From this article:

The Art Deco Treatment: Stanford Restores Hospital in Palo Alto

No major medical breakthroughs happened at the original Palo Alto Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., and no scientific discoveries were made there. But the hospital, which treated thousands of patients in the decades after it opened in 1931, holds one important distinction: it’s a stunning example of pre-World War II hospital architecture. And the Art Deco building recently returned to its original glory after an extensive restoration.

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Naturally there’s an Images of America on San Francisco Deco.

San Francisco Art DecoMichael F. Crowe, Robert W. Bowen
The famed period of architecture, design, and style known as Art Deco began in the mid-1920s and lasted for a good 20 years. The movement left an indelible stamp all around the Bay Area but nowhere more so than in styleconscious San Francisco. The city’s 1925 Diamond Jubilee, coinciding with the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in France, ushered in the Art Deco age to the city by the bay. The Roaring Twenties created a need for thousands of new commercial and residential buildings, and many of these, such as Timothy Pflueger’s Pacific Telephone and Telegraph building, were Art Deco masterpieces that embodied the new “moderne” styling sweeping the country. Using a variety of building materials, including terracotta, Vitrolux, and neon, many of the city’s graceful and dramatic buildings turned heads 70 years ago just as they do today.

Naturally there’s an Images of America on San Francisco Deco.

San Francisco Art Deco
Michael F. Crowe, Robert W. Bowen

The famed period of architecture, design, and style known as Art Deco began in the mid-1920s and lasted for a good 20 years. The movement left an indelible stamp all around the Bay Area but nowhere more so than in styleconscious San Francisco. The city’s 1925 Diamond Jubilee, coinciding with the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in France, ushered in the Art Deco age to the city by the bay. The Roaring Twenties created a need for thousands of new commercial and residential buildings, and many of these, such as Timothy Pflueger’s Pacific Telephone and Telegraph building, were Art Deco masterpieces that embodied the new “moderne” styling sweeping the country. Using a variety of building materials, including terracotta, Vitrolux, and neon, many of the city’s graceful and dramatic buildings turned heads 70 years ago just as they do today.

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And yes another title in the series!

Long Beach Art DecoSuzanne Tarbell Cooper, John W. Thomas, J. Christopher Launi
At 5:55 p.m. on March 10, 1933, Southern California was rocked by a massive earthquake. Wood-frame bungalows lost their chimneys, and engineered concrete buildings suffered minimal damage. But unreinforced masonry buildings near the epicenter failed catastrophically, and Long Beach was particularly hard hit. Nearly three-quarters of the school buildings, as well as many other structures, were rendered unusable until repaired or rebuilt. The Art Deco style, in addition to being fashionably modern in 1933, met the criteria of earthquake safety, and many new structures showed its influence. Both the Zigzag Moderne style of the 1920s, which boasted many structures that survived the earthquake, and the Streamline Moderne style that came into vogue in the 1930s relied on sleek lines with decoration incorporated into the design. This volume celebrates, in both word and image, the Long Beach that rose from the rubble to become a premier Art Deco city.

And yes another title in the series!

Long Beach Art Deco
Suzanne Tarbell Cooper, John W. Thomas, J. Christopher Launi

At 5:55 p.m. on March 10, 1933, Southern California was rocked by a massive earthquake. Wood-frame bungalows lost their chimneys, and engineered concrete buildings suffered minimal damage. But unreinforced masonry buildings near the epicenter failed catastrophically, and Long Beach was particularly hard hit. Nearly three-quarters of the school buildings, as well as many other structures, were rendered unusable until repaired or rebuilt. The Art Deco style, in addition to being fashionably modern in 1933, met the criteria of earthquake safety, and many new structures showed its influence. Both the Zigzag Moderne style of the 1920s, which boasted many structures that survived the earthquake, and the Streamline Moderne style that came into vogue in the 1930s relied on sleek lines with decoration incorporated into the design. This volume celebrates, in both word and image, the Long Beach that rose from the rubble to become a premier Art Deco city.

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The Catalina Casino: The Magic Isle's Art Deco Pleasure Palace

Feature story on the Catalina Casino:

We were dwarfed by the Art Deco/Spanish influenced masterpiece, surrounded on three sides by the bluest California water I have ever seen. Stylized “ocean-scape” murals, including the famous mermaid rendered in brightly colored tile, towered over the ticket booth. Inside the amazingly grand, mural covered lower level movie theater, the curved ceiling shimmered with silver leaf stars, and the tour guide demonstrated the theater’s perfect acoustics. We went up a utilitarian ramp to the massive ballroom, featuring a beautiful wood dance floor and a disappointing durable peach paint job I often see in historic buildings. The ballroom’s mint condition, custom made Tiffany chandeliers caused one woman to exclaim, “Oh my god, Tiffany!”

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