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T… Toronto
Relief, Toronto Stock Exchange, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaPhoto by Greg’s Southern Ontario
Awesome shot of a 1930s frieze. Click to access full size.
From Flickr:

… Streamline Moderne style frieze was designed by Charles Comfort in 1937 & depicts Canadian workers & industries represented by the stock exchange. Of special interest is the well suited stockbroker, depicted with his hand in the pocket of an oblivious common laborer, as if greedily taking what does not belong to him. This bas-relief was implemented during the Great Depression, when many in society shared overwhelming feelings of economic betrayal….

T… Toronto

Relief, Toronto Stock Exchange, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Photo by Greg’s Southern Ontario

Awesome shot of a 1930s frieze. Click to access full size.

From Flickr:

… Streamline Moderne style frieze was designed by Charles Comfort in 1937 & depicts Canadian workers & industries represented by the stock exchange. Of special interest is the well suited stockbroker, depicted with his hand in the pocket of an oblivious common laborer, as if greedily taking what does not belong to him. This bas-relief was implemented during the Great Depression, when many in society shared overwhelming feelings of economic betrayal….

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M… Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, CanadaPhoto by colros
Fascinating Deco apartment building in Montreal. It’s got this pointed arch and upward thrust that reminds me of some kind of gothic fireplace, but then it has the oval balconies.
I would say it’s unique, but look at this building, also in Montreal, documented by the same photographer:

And here’s another Montreal apartment building, a little different, but still unusual compared with what I’ve seen of the world’s apartments from the era.

And yes, I did just post three things from one place, but I couldn’t decide! 

M… Montreal

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Photo by colros

Fascinating Deco apartment building in Montreal. It’s got this pointed arch and upward thrust that reminds me of some kind of gothic fireplace, but then it has the oval balconies.

I would say it’s unique, but look at this building, also in Montreal, documented by the same photographer:

And here’s another Montreal apartment building, a little different, but still unusual compared with what I’ve seen of the world’s apartments from the era.

And yes, I did just post three things from one place, but I couldn’t decide! 

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Mural, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New YorkPhoto by Wendy Darling
Center of the magnificent mural in the lobby depicting Buffalo as a mediator in the relationship between the U.S. and Canada. On the left there’s an American family, with the outline of City Hall behind them, on the right a Canadian family, with a futuristic skyline (Toronto?) behind them, and then bridging the two is the falls and then of course the actual falls bridges. I’m sure there are many, many better photos of this elsewhere, certainly in art and architecture books, but this was mine. It was overwhelming.
From the City’s web site: 

The painting at the front of the main lobby is entitled “Frontiers Unfettered by Any Frowning Fortress” and depicts Buffalo as an international gateway to Canada.
The central figure in this mural is a woman representing peace between the United States and Canada. In one hand she has the United States and in the other hand is Canada, uniting the two. On the side of the United States there is an offering of farm implements, sewing machines, textiles and automobiles. On the Canadian side is an offering of furs and fisheries. The mother of Canada, on the Canadian side, is pointing toward the United States as the land of opportunity and youth.

Mural, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

Center of the magnificent mural in the lobby depicting Buffalo as a mediator in the relationship between the U.S. and Canada. On the left there’s an American family, with the outline of City Hall behind them, on the right a Canadian family, with a futuristic skyline (Toronto?) behind them, and then bridging the two is the falls and then of course the actual falls bridges. I’m sure there are many, many better photos of this elsewhere, certainly in art and architecture books, but this was mine. It was overwhelming.

From the City’s web site: 

The painting at the front of the main lobby is entitled “Frontiers Unfettered by Any Frowning Fortress” and depicts Buffalo as an international gateway to Canada.

The central figure in this mural is a woman representing peace between the United States and Canada. In one hand she has the United States and in the other hand is Canada, uniting the two. On the side of the United States there is an offering of farm implements, sewing machines, textiles and automobiles. On the Canadian side is an offering of furs and fisheries. The mother of Canada, on the Canadian side, is pointing toward the United States as the land of opportunity and youth.

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Federal Public Building, Edmonton, Canadaby MyklR
I -love- the door handles!
From Flickr:


A re-take of a picture I made a while ago… The Federal Public Building is an Art Deco architectural gem. The exterior has solid, grounded Art Deco classic appeal, and the ornamentation inside reflects the same. Soon, the provincial government will begin a massive restoration of this beautiful piece of history.
Edmonton is North America’s Northernmost city with a population greater than 1 million people. On the summer solstice (June 20), there is only a couple of hours of darkness overnight.

Federal Public Building, Edmonton, Canada
by MyklR

I -love- the door handles!

From Flickr:

A re-take of a picture I made a while ago… The Federal Public Building is an Art Deco architectural gem. The exterior has solid, grounded Art Deco classic appeal, and the ornamentation inside reflects the same. Soon, the provincial government will begin a massive restoration of this beautiful piece of history.

Edmonton is North America’s Northernmost city with a population greater than 1 million people. On the summer solstice (June 20), there is only a couple of hours of darkness overnight.

(Source: valscrapbook)

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