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Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Floridavia Boston Public Library
Not Deco but interesting example of early Modern architecture. Notice how each classroom has a set of slanted windows to bring in sunlight and air. 
P.S. Last image from the BPL archives. I swear, I just went on their Flickr account and searched on “architecture,” then kept scrolling through to find anything I could post.  -Wendy 

Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida
via Boston Public Library

Not Deco but interesting example of early Modern architecture. Notice how each classroom has a set of slanted windows to bring in sunlight and air. 

P.S. Last image from the BPL archives. I swear, I just went on their Flickr account and searched on “architecture,” then kept scrolling through to find anything I could post.  -Wendy 

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Allstate Insurance Company, Atlanta, GeorgiaPhotos from Georgia State University Photograph CollectionsLane Brothers Photographs Collection
Insurance company building in Midtown, at 1401 Peachtree St. I think it must date to the 1950s. Funnily, at some point in I think the 1990s somebody decided to make it look even older by adding some overtly Deco motifs to it, as you can see in Google Street View here. -Wendy 

Allstate Insurance Company, Atlanta, Georgia
Photos from Georgia State University Photograph Collections
Lane Brothers Photographs Collection

Insurance company building in Midtown, at 1401 Peachtree St. I think it must date to the 1950s. Funnily, at some point in I think the 1990s somebody decided to make it look even older by adding some overtly Deco motifs to it, as you can see in Google Street View here. -Wendy 

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Atlanta Constitution Building, Atlanta, GeorgiaPhotos from Georgia State University Photograph CollectionsLane Brothers Photographs Collection
One of few examples of Streamline Moderne in Atlanta, this old newspaper building is in a sad, sad state today. It’s been empty and falling apart I believe since the 1970s and despite effort over the past decade to push for it to be saved, it’s still sitting there while people squabble. For an update on the current situation, here are a few recent articles from Creative Loafing, the city’s alt weekly, which now is based in offices only a few blocks away:
Peek inside the historic Atlanta Constitution building before it’s cleaned up
City plans to sell South Downtown’s historic Atlanta Constitution building
Abandoned Atlanta Constitution building featuring public art catches fire
And this CL cover article from 2005:
Constitution Crisis

Atlanta Constitution Building, Atlanta, Georgia
Photos from Georgia State University Photograph Collections
Lane Brothers Photographs Collection

One of few examples of Streamline Moderne in Atlanta, this old newspaper building is in a sad, sad state today. It’s been empty and falling apart I believe since the 1970s and despite effort over the past decade to push for it to be saved, it’s still sitting there while people squabble. For an update on the current situation, here are a few recent articles from Creative Loafing, the city’s alt weekly, which now is based in offices only a few blocks away:

And this CL cover article from 2005:

Constitution Crisis

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Haus Atlantis, Böttcherstraße, Bremen, GermanyPhoto by Wendy DarlingAnother look at the Haus Atlantis staircase, this time looking down. It kind of reminded me of Star Trek — a warp engine or a conduit or something. Again, quick explanation: staircase coils around three lit posts that run the full height.

Haus Atlantis, Böttcherstraße, Bremen, Germany
Photo by Wendy Darling

Another look at the Haus Atlantis staircase, this time looking down. It kind of reminded me of Star Trek — a warp engine or a conduit or something. Again, quick explanation: staircase coils around three lit posts that run the full height.

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Haus Atlantis, Böttcherstraße, Bremen, GermanyPhoto by Wendy DarlingNow on to the Deco at Böttcherstraße, starting with the staircase at Haus Atlantis. Dating to 1930/1931, it’s one of the most Modern things I’ve ever seen and even today, 80+ years later, it looks futuristic.
Explantion
My best friend, seeing this picture, was a bit confused. “What going on?” So here you go:This is take from the bottom of the staircase, which goes up five stories. It’s a fairly wide spiral staircase, with the steps punctuated by holes set with clear class, similar to glass architectural block. At the center of the staircase, three three-side pillars inside with lights shoot up from bottom to top. The staircase is surrounded by a cylinder of similar materials, set both with more glass circles and with mosaic work. Finally at the top of the staircase is a chamber topped by a dome made of class circles (the blue at the top). The color theme is all white and blue, to match the aquatic “Atlantis” theme.

Haus Atlantis, Böttcherstraße, Bremen, Germany
Photo by Wendy Darling

Now on to the Deco at Böttcherstraße, starting with the staircase at Haus Atlantis. Dating to 1930/1931, it’s one of the most Modern things I’ve ever seen and even today, 80+ years later, it looks futuristic.

Explantion

My best friend, seeing this picture, was a bit confused. “What going on?” So here you go:

This is take from the bottom of the staircase, which goes up five stories. It’s a fairly wide spiral staircase, with the steps punctuated by holes set with clear class, similar to glass architectural block. At the center of the staircase, three three-side pillars inside with lights shoot up from bottom to top. The staircase is surrounded by a cylinder of similar materials, set both with more glass circles and with mosaic work. Finally at the top of the staircase is a chamber topped by a dome made of class circles (the blue at the top). The color theme is all white and blue, to match the aquatic “Atlantis” theme.

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W… Warsaw
Warsaw, PolandPhoto by Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose
1920s Modernism in Warsaw.
From Flickr:

It was designed in the 1920’s by Stephan Korngold. Polish architects were doing this type of stripped purely geometric Deco long before Western Europeans or Americans. Poland had just attained independence and wanted to show it was progressive and looking to the future. There are many examples throughout the country.

W… Warsaw

Warsaw, Poland
Photo by Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose

1920s Modernism in Warsaw.

From Flickr:

It was designed in the 1920’s by Stephan Korngold. Polish architects were doing this type of stripped purely geometric Deco long before Western Europeans or Americans. Poland had just attained independence and wanted to show it was progressive and looking to the future. There are many examples throughout the country.

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