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S… Santa Ana
Church of Scientology, Santa Ana, CaliforniaPhoto by Scientology Media
Architectural restoration in Santa Ana.
From Flickr (yes, quoting the C of S):

The Church of Scientology dedicatedly restored its new landmark Orange County home in downtown Santa Ana, including the iconic Art Deco façade. Among the many historic elements of the interiors returned to their early 20th century splendor is the original ballroom, which now serves as the Chapel and Auditorium venue for community-wide gatherings and events.

S… Santa Ana

Church of Scientology, Santa Ana, California
Photo by Scientology Media

Architectural restoration in Santa Ana.

From Flickr (yes, quoting the C of S):

The Church of Scientology dedicatedly restored its new landmark Orange County home in downtown Santa Ana, including the iconic Art Deco façade. Among the many historic elements of the interiors returned to their early 20th century splendor is the original ballroom, which now serves as the Chapel and Auditorium venue for community-wide gatherings and events.

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N… New Orleans
Lakefront Airport, New Orleans, Louisianaby Kevin O’Mara
Fabulous, just recently restored civic building from the 30s.
From Flickr:

Commissioned by Governor Huey P. Long and opened as Shushan Airport in 1934, this building was a gorgeous example of Art Deco architecture and decoration. In 1962 it was covered in concrete to serve as a fallout shelter and in 2005 it suffered badly at the hands of Hurricane Katrina with water coming in from both ground flooding and a damaged roof.
From 2011-2013 they’ve been working to restore it to its former glory - to remove the concrete, uncover the murals, expose all the old marble and fixtures.
The inside is very close to done, and is an absolute beauty. My pics from today didn’t really capture its grandeur so I’ll be back one day soon once it’s officially finished.

For more info see this article in The Advocate.

N… New Orleans

Lakefront Airport, New Orleans, Louisiana
by Kevin O’Mara

Fabulous, just recently restored civic building from the 30s.

From Flickr:

Commissioned by Governor Huey P. Long and opened as Shushan Airport in 1934, this building was a gorgeous example of Art Deco architecture and decoration. In 1962 it was covered in concrete to serve as a fallout shelter and in 2005 it suffered badly at the hands of Hurricane Katrina with water coming in from both ground flooding and a damaged roof.

From 2011-2013 they’ve been working to restore it to its former glory - to remove the concrete, uncover the murals, expose all the old marble and fixtures.

The inside is very close to done, and is an absolute beauty. My pics from today didn’t really capture its grandeur so I’ll be back one day soon once it’s officially finished.

For more info see this article in The Advocate.

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N… Nebraska
Durham Museum, Omaha, Nebraskaby DMR Studios
Extraordinary building not only for its survival but its gorgeous present state. Compare this to Buffalo Central Terminal.
From Flickr:

The Durham Museum interior in Omaha, Nebraska. Designed in the late 1920’s by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, this beautiful art deco station was completed in 1931. Commissioned by Union Pacific, it served as the Union Station on 10th Street in downtown Omaha for 40 years, until 1971 when Congress established the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, now Amtrak, to handle all railroad passenger travel. The ceiling displays themes and elements of the great western plains culture.

Also, here’s the official web site: Durham Museum.

N… Nebraska

Durham Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
by DMR Studios

Extraordinary building not only for its survival but its gorgeous present state. Compare this to Buffalo Central Terminal.

From Flickr:

The Durham Museum interior in Omaha, Nebraska. Designed in the late 1920’s by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, this beautiful art deco station was completed in 1931. Commissioned by Union Pacific, it served as the Union Station on 10th Street in downtown Omaha for 40 years, until 1971 when Congress established the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, now Amtrak, to handle all railroad passenger travel. The ceiling displays themes and elements of the great western plains culture.

Also, here’s the official web site: Durham Museum.

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Grand Ocean hotel in Brighton, England. Gorgeous! At a time when countless old English hotels and resorts are in a sad state or gone altogether, it’s nice that there are some like this that have recently been restored or have just been kept up over time. 
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The Grand Ocean hotel in Brighton, UK. Began re-watching classic “Poirot” episodes which often showcased classic UK art deco buildings, now my interest has been reinvigorated ten fold. 

Grand Ocean hotel in Brighton, England. Gorgeous! At a time when countless old English hotels and resorts are in a sad state or gone altogether, it’s nice that there are some like this that have recently been restored or have just been kept up over time. 

fhgonzalez:

The Grand Ocean hotel in Brighton, UK. Began re-watching classic “Poirot” episodes which often showcased classic UK art deco buildings, now my interest has been reinvigorated ten fold. 

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5 E. Huron St., Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

I came across this building during an afternoon explore near my hotel. Appears to be freshly renovated Moderne space, perhaps a former drug store or supermarket. It’s directly across from Electric Tower, which I believe is being offered for lease by the same company.

From a Jan. 2012 post in Buffalo Rising:

While revelers were partying the night away at The Statler on New Year’s Eve, another celebration was underway at 5 East Huron. That’s where Iskalo Development held its own VIP Ball Drop party. I spoke to Iskalo Marketing Manager Jonathan Gill who told me that the Ball Drop was designed to showcase the 5 East Huron space since the development company has begun to spruce it up recently (beyond the initial investment) in order to proactively find a tenant.
“We installed new mechanical systems and restrooms,” he told me. “And we did a bunch of cleaning and painting and the place looks great – it is coming along nicely. Given the success of the VIP party, a night club or restaurant seems to be a perfect fit. I’m sure some creative retail uses could be determined as well. To supplement parking at the Electric Tower, we built the lot at Oak and Huron. As daytime workers leave, evening visitors would complement and could utilize that lot. We also purchased 337 Ellicott which as it stands could hold 70+ cars in its 32,000SF frame. So we have some very real parking options to work on with a prospect.”
As for nearby access to other amenities, 5 East Huron is situated mere feet from the Metro Rail, is visible from The Hyatt, the Electric Tower, Fountain Plaza (Rotary Rink), and is in close proximity to Genesee Gateway, Chippewa, Market Arcade… in fact, it is centrally located to a vast number of destinations and would act as a high-profile connecting point. The floors are in great shape, there are high ceilings, vast windows and fairly intact wall frescoes that would hopefully be preserved by any new tenant.
Get connected: Jonathan Gill - Marketing Manager iskalo development corp. | 716.633.2096 Ext. 120

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