Posts tagged history
Posts tagged history
Write-up of the Queen Mary, which launched 80 years ago and was built with a super luxurious Art Deco (Modern) interior.
From the article:
Cunard, the ship’s operator, had been synonymous with discreet comfort, says John Graves, curator of ship history at the National Maritime Museum in London. “But with the Queen Mary there was a nod to modernity, particularly to art deco.” The first class dining room had a chart of the North Atlantic, tracking its position and that of its sister ship the Queen Elizabeth - their meeting in the mid Atlantic was highly anticipated. Ladies’ furs were stored in a cold room. The Verandah Grill had a sundeck where one could dance the night away. And first class cabins were equipped with a telephone that could call anywhere in the world.
Theodore J. Levin U.S. Courthouse, Detroit, Michigan
Historic 1934 photo from Detroit News Archives
A great Art Deco/Moderne cube of distinguished federal architecture.
From the listing on HistoricDestroit.org:
The Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse is an Art Deco-Art Moderne rectangular building that stands between Fort Street and Lafayette Boulevard and Shelby Street and Washington Boulevard. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places with the rest of the city’s Financial District in December 2009…
…On April 22, 1930, the federal budget bureau recommended that Detroit get a new federal building and customs house at a price of nearly $5 million (about $63.9 million today). Robert O. Derrick (best known for designing the Henry Ford Museum) and Bronson V. Gander were selected as the architects of the new building…
…The price tag wound up being about $3.25 million. It was scheduled to open in November 1933, but labor troubles, changes in plans from those designated in the blueprints and delays in shipments of materials pushed back the opening until April 23, 1934. When it opened it was known as the Detroit Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, though the Postal Service and Customs House eventually moved out…
As a federal building, few expenses were spared in constructing the 24-courtroom courthouse. On the first floor, a gorgeous, original barreled ceiling looms overhead. Its hallways are filled with marble floors, and its elevators feature an Art Deco flavor. The exterior of the building is decidedly more modest, but it does feature several bas reliefs by prominent Detroit sculptor Corrado Joseph Parducci depicting various federal government agencies and justice. The center of the building is open, allowing for the maximum amount of natural sunlight to fill its hallways…
…Today, the building serves as the U.S. District Court. Among the most recent high-profile cases tried within its walls was that of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man accused of blowing up an airliner over Detroit on Dec. 25, 2009.
Manhattan, 1930s. -Wendy
Lower Manhattan skyline at night, seen from either the Staten Island Ferry or Governor’s Island, in February of 1938. (Bofinger, E. M./Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
What looks like a pic from Pedestrian Day, part of the Grand Opening events at the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA. -Wendy
Tumbling waterfalls of Deco. Photo by Berenice Abbott. -Wendy
NYC, 1938. By Berenice Abbott if I’m not mistaken. -Wendy
Candidate for “M”
Melbourne’s historic FLATIRON building.
Oh, sorry, just forgot, - Melbourne, Fl :-)
So noted. And yes, I’m now taking up the M’s. Things got very busy at work and so posting had to take the back burner for a week.
Democracy Monument, Bangkok, Thailand
by Aiden McRae Thompson
Deco mixed in with traditional Thai design elements.
The Democracy Monument was erected in 1939 to commemorate the Siamise coup d’etat that ushered in initial military rule along with the present constitutional system of monarchy. There are thus references to the military in the four wing like structures surrounding the centrepiece and the relief sculptures at their bases.
The monument is an attractive late flowering of the Art Deco style and was a symbol of the country’s desire for modernisation. The very much 20th century forms are however combined with traditional Thai elements, particularly the sculptural elements such as the gilt bronze reliefs in the central structure and Garuda and Naga sculptures at the outer corners of the monument.
Fisher Building, Detroit, Michigan
Photo by Mark Hall from Historic Detroit
Beautiful black and white from what looks like the mezzanine/balcony above the main lobby. From up there the ceiling is right in your face!