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National Tobacco Company, Napier, New ZealandPhoto by Russell James Smith
Detail of the lovely and much photographed National Tobacco Company in Napier, a city which boasts one of the most concentrated and impressive collections of Deco in the world.
From Flickr:

Taken on an Art Deco tour of Napier, New Zealand, March 2010.
Napier was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and subsequently rebuilt in the Art Deco style. Now preserved and maintained it has one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco architecture in the world and has been nominated for World Heritage Site status.

N… Napier

National Tobacco Company, Napier, New Zealand
Photo by Russell James Smith

Detail of the lovely and much photographed National Tobacco Company in Napier, a city which boasts one of the most concentrated and impressive collections of Deco in the world.

From Flickr:

Taken on an Art Deco tour of Napier, New Zealand, March 2010.

Napier was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and subsequently rebuilt in the Art Deco style. Now preserved and maintained it has one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco architecture in the world and has been nominated for World Heritage Site status.

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Pics from Napier, New Zealand, rebuilt in the 30s after a devastating earthquake.

3aroundtheworld:

Welcome to Napier, the art deco city.

Complètement détruite par un tremblement de terre en 1931, la ville a été reconstruite avec un style art deco, encore très bien preservé aujourd’hui..voici quelques uns des buildings du centre…

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Forever Art Deco

In this Wall Street Journal travel article, a look at two Deco gems of the Asia-Pacific — Napier, New Zealand, and Shanghai, China. (I wonder how many thousand miles separate them?) 

From the article on Shanghai:

For much of the world, the Great Depression of the 1930s brought misery: failed banks, hunger and joblessness. But for Shanghai, the decade was a golden age of prosperity that fostered artistic and cultural experimentation.

The melting-pot city’s surging economy fueled a building boom that transformed it into a showcase for the architectural style meant to capture the excitement, promise and glamour of the machine age: Art Deco.

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