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From Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Morris Dickstein:

Yet the minimalism of the later International Style was anticipated by developments in Deco after 1932. As the Depression deepened, the building boom of the late 1920s ended and the luxury of Deco design became an embarrassment, out of tune with the urgent stresses of the moment. In the streamlined Moderne style that soon dominated American design, Deco was transformed into something more clean-lined and horizontal, oriented less to pleasure than to speed and kinetic energy, an orientation toward the future at a time when many people were deeply fearful about what the future held in store.

Photo: A fine example of streamline, the Normandie Hotel, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The building was inspired by SS Normandie, the ship, and includes the ship’s original sign.

From Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Morris Dickstein:

Yet the minimalism of the later International Style was anticipated by developments in Deco after 1932. As the Depression deepened, the building boom of the late 1920s ended and the luxury of Deco design became an embarrassment, out of tune with the urgent stresses of the moment. In the streamlined Moderne style that soon dominated American design, Deco was transformed into something more clean-lined and horizontal, oriented less to pleasure than to speed and kinetic energy, an orientation toward the future at a time when many people were deeply fearful about what the future held in store.

Photo: A fine example of streamline, the Normandie Hotel, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The building was inspired by SS Normandie, the ship, and includes the ship’s original sign.

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Department of Interior Building (Demolished), San Juan, Puerto Ricoby davsot
Gate at the same since-demolished government building in San Juan where these stairs were. Designed by Pedro Méndez Mercado, dating to 1950 and demolished in 2002.
From the photographer:

Its value may have been shunned because of the year it was built  (1950). Nonetheless, it is probably one of Pedro Mendez’s most ornate  buildings.
More photos can be found at my website: http://artdecopr.org/PRADS/Interior.html

Department of Interior Building (Demolished), San Juan, Puerto Rico
by davsot

Gate at the same since-demolished government building in San Juan where these stairs were. Designed by Pedro Méndez Mercado, dating to 1950 and demolished in 2002.

From the photographer:

Its value may have been shunned because of the year it was built (1950). Nonetheless, it is probably one of Pedro Mendez’s most ornate buildings.

More photos can be found at my website: http://artdecopr.org/PRADS/Interior.html

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Hotel Normandie, San Juan, Puerto Ricoby vxla
Amazing streamlined hotel in San Juan that, yes, is based on the design of an ocean liner.
From the photographer:

Hotel Normandie is a hotel located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, originally  opened on October 10, 1942. The design was inspired by the ocean liner  S.S. Normandie and features similar art deco designs. The hotel is an  example of Streamline Moderne architecture and was placed on the  National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Interior Department’s  Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service on 29 August 1980. The  173-room hotel was refurbished in 2005; currently (2010) it is closed  again.

Hotel Normandie, San Juan, Puerto Rico
by vxla

Amazing streamlined hotel in San Juan that, yes, is based on the design of an ocean liner.

From the photographer:

Hotel Normandie is a hotel located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, originally opened on October 10, 1942. The design was inspired by the ocean liner S.S. Normandie and features similar art deco designs. The hotel is an example of Streamline Moderne architecture and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Interior Department’s Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service on 29 August 1980. The 173-room hotel was refurbished in 2005; currently (2010) it is closed again.

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Deco Stairs from a Demolished Building

Stairs of the Department of Interior Building

Demolished - Department of Interior Building, Puerto Rico
Submission

This staircase belonged to the Department of Interior Building in Puerto Rico, demolished in 2002. 

Its value may have been shunned because of the year it was built (1950). Nonetheless, it is probably one of Pedro Mendez’s most ornate buildings.

More photos can be found at my website: http://artdecopr.org/PRADS/Interior.html

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Spanish Revival Art Deco

 Hotel Fox Delicias, Ponce, Puerto Rico
Submission by davsot

Fox Delicias façade

Art Deco + Spanish Revival = Awesome!

This old cinema was inaugurated in 1931 by Pedro Juan Serrallés. It was designed by Ponce’s very own Francisco Porrata Doria. Its eclectic façade design combined Art Deco and Spanish Revival decorative elements. In the 1990s it was acquired by the Ruberté family and remodeled for use as a shopping center. Years later, it was once again remodeled to its current state to serve as Hotel Fox Delicias. The name “Fox Delicias” comes from the cinema’s contract with Twentieth Century Fox and its location in front of Plaza Las Delicias. 

See: http://artdecopr.org/PRADS/Fox_Delicias.html

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