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F… Fresno
Fresno County Hall of Records, Fresno, Californiafrom the National Register of Historic Places
Water fountain in a PWA building filled with gorgeous Deco details, in and out. See the whole set, fro NRHP, go to the Highlighted Properties set on Flickr and scroll down a bit. (Of course there are many other amazing things there!) 
From Flickr:

The Fresno County Hall of Records, in Fresno, California, stands as a masterly example of PWA (Public Works Administration) Deco Moderne architecture. Exemplifying superior quality in workmanship and aesthetics throughout its exterior, the three story building consists of both Art Deco and stylized Neo-Classical details. Constructed in 1935-1937 with an annex added in 1954-1955, the Fresno County Hall of Records replaced the Fresno County Courthouse and the Fresno County Old Peoples’ Home as a depository and safe holding place for the county records. The safety of the county records, especially after an 1895 fire in the courthouse, helped prompt the genesis of the new building. The local firm of Allied Architects started drawing formal plans in 1934 after the PWA, together with the Fresno Memorial Auditorium provided grants and funding for the project. Dedicated on April 3, 1937, it only took 16 years for the building to become overly crowded and the annex proposed.

F… Fresno

Fresno County Hall of Records, Fresno, California
from the National Register of Historic Places

Water fountain in a PWA building filled with gorgeous Deco details, in and out. See the whole set, fro NRHP, go to the Highlighted Properties set on Flickr and scroll down a bit. (Of course there are many other amazing things there!) 

From Flickr:

The Fresno County Hall of Records, in Fresno, California, stands as a masterly example of PWA (Public Works Administration) Deco Moderne architecture. Exemplifying superior quality in workmanship and aesthetics throughout its exterior, the three story building consists of both Art Deco and stylized Neo-Classical details. Constructed in 1935-1937 with an annex added in 1954-1955, the Fresno County Hall of Records replaced the Fresno County Courthouse and the Fresno County Old Peoples’ Home as a depository and safe holding place for the county records. The safety of the county records, especially after an 1895 fire in the courthouse, helped prompt the genesis of the new building. The local firm of Allied Architects started drawing formal plans in 1934 after the PWA, together with the Fresno Memorial Auditorium provided grants and funding for the project. Dedicated on April 3, 1937, it only took 16 years for the building to become overly crowded and the annex proposed.

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B… Buffalo
Interior Detail, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New Yorkby Michael Leland
I’ve shared many exterior shots of this enormous building so chose a detail shot for this alphabet feature.
From Flickr:

Like many Art Deco buildings, Buffalo City Hall has beautiful elevator doors.
Buffalo has some wonderful Art Deco architecture, and Buffalo City Hall is one of the highlights. It was completed in 1931 and designed by Dietel, Wade & Jones. The Art Deco design includes symbolic bas relief on the ground-level exterior and colourful terra cotta decoration at the top. The interior also includes amazing murals, which are also symbolic in nature.

BTW, found out the same professional convention that brought me to Austin a couple of years ago, HighEdWeb, is this fall meeting in Buffalo. I dearly want to go, both for professional and Deco purposes. 

B… Buffalo

Interior Detail, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
by Michael Leland

I’ve shared many exterior shots of this enormous building so chose a detail shot for this alphabet feature.

From Flickr:

Like many Art Deco buildings, Buffalo City Hall has beautiful elevator doors.

Buffalo has some wonderful Art Deco architecture, and Buffalo City Hall is one of the highlights. It was completed in 1931 and designed by Dietel, Wade & Jones. The Art Deco design includes symbolic bas relief on the ground-level exterior and colourful terra cotta decoration at the top. The interior also includes amazing murals, which are also symbolic in nature.

BTW, found out the same professional convention that brought me to Austin a couple of years ago, HighEdWeb, is this fall meeting in Buffalo. I dearly want to go, both for professional and Deco purposes. 

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Hope everyone is enjoying the “Art Deco Architecture Alphabet” feature I’m running. Just putting it in, I now realize it will probably take over a month to get through the whole thing. I’m using a Wikipedia list of countries, plus cities over 100,000, to get the place names, and so I’m looking at Deco in all sorts of places I’ve not looked before. Anyway, it seems a good way to bring in variety and I’m learning some geography, like for example where Burundi is.
BTW, the fantastic alphabet above is from this blog post on alphabets. From the text:

This font, without a doubt is my all time favourite. Well, at the moment anyway! It was designed by A. M. Cassandre in France in 1930. It’s the ultimate Deco font I think.

Hope everyone is enjoying the “Art Deco Architecture Alphabet” feature I’m running. Just putting it in, I now realize it will probably take over a month to get through the whole thing. I’m using a Wikipedia list of countries, plus cities over 100,000, to get the place names, and so I’m looking at Deco in all sorts of places I’ve not looked before. Anyway, it seems a good way to bring in variety and I’m learning some geography, like for example where Burundi is.

BTW, the fantastic alphabet above is from this blog post on alphabets. From the text:

This font, without a doubt is my all time favourite. Well, at the moment anyway! It was designed by A. M. Cassandre in France in 1930. It’s the ultimate Deco font I think.

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Bead-Chain Pendant Lamps
via Rejuvenation

Two more pretty ceiling lamps.

Here’s info on this type of lamp:

Bead-chain shades (the glass typically hangs from three ball-tipped bead chains) were popular from around 1935 into the early 1950s. The most common sizes were small 1-light fixtures used in bedrooms and hallways, especially as replacements for older obsolete styles, The shades are usually heavy pressed designs with a mix of tinted or etched glass and clear decorative areas.

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