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S… Saint Louis
Continental-Life Building, Saint Louis, MissouriPhoto by Bill Badzo
GREAT black and white image. 
Another image, same building, same artist (click here for large):

Building notes, from Flickr:

The Continental-Life Building, also known as the Continental Building, is an Art Deco skyscraper in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, which was completed in 1930. 
Commissioned by Edward Mays to be the home of his two businesses, Continental-Life Insurance and the Grand National Bank, the building was designed by William B. Ittner, a prominent St. Louis architect. It housed businesses through the mid-1960s, when its co-owners included St. Louis mayor Alfonso J. Cervantes, prominent St. Louis defense attorney Morris Shenker, and Harold Koplar of KPLR. At some point in the 1970s the building fell into disrepair.
After a few false starts in the late 1990s, St. Louis developers Pete Rothschild and Stephen Trampe took on the project, renovating the building into apartments. It reopened in 2001. The building has a connected three-story parking garage, which is used by both residents and patrons of the nearby Fox Theatre. The top of the parking garage holds an outdoor pool for residents’ use.
Architectural elements from the building were collected over time by the St. Louis Building Arts Foundation and returned to the building in the Stephen Trampe renovation.

S… Saint Louis

Continental-Life Building, Saint Louis, Missouri
Photo by Bill Badzo

GREAT black and white image. 

Another image, same building, same artist (click here for large):

Building notes, from Flickr:

The Continental-Life Building, also known as the Continental Building, is an Art Deco skyscraper in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, which was completed in 1930. 

Commissioned by Edward Mays to be the home of his two businesses, Continental-Life Insurance and the Grand National Bank, the building was designed by William B. Ittner, a prominent St. Louis architect. It housed businesses through the mid-1960s, when its co-owners included St. Louis mayor Alfonso J. Cervantes, prominent St. Louis defense attorney Morris Shenker, and Harold Koplar of KPLR. At some point in the 1970s the building fell into disrepair.

After a few false starts in the late 1990s, St. Louis developers Pete Rothschild and Stephen Trampe took on the project, renovating the building into apartments. It reopened in 2001. The building has a connected three-story parking garage, which is used by both residents and patrons of the nearby Fox Theatre. The top of the parking garage holds an outdoor pool for residents’ use.

Architectural elements from the building were collected over time by the St. Louis Building Arts Foundation and returned to the building in the Stephen Trampe renovation.

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S… Singapore
Parkview Square, Singapore, Republic of SingaporePhoto by Kevin Buehler
Whoah. This thing is totally reminding me of Italian futurism, specifically Antonio Sant’Elia. Compare to:

It also looks like a very fancy radiator.
Background from Wikipedia:

Although it is a modern building, having been completed in 2002, it is specially designed in the classic Art Deco style, following New York City 1929 Chanin Building as an inspiration. The exterior surface of the building is clad in brown Granite, bronze, lacquer, and glass.
The lobby is also designed mainly in the Art Deco style and features a 15m-high ceiling with hand-crafted details. The bar in the lobby of the building has a unique 3-storey high wine chiller. The open plaza of Parkview Square is reminiscent of Piazza San Marco in Venice, with sculptures and statues surrounding the open plaza. There are many bronze effigies of some of the most famous figures in world history, including Sun Yat-sen, Abraham Lincoln, Salvador Dalí, Mozart, Chopin, Isaac Newton, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt, Shakespeare, Plato, Dante, Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein.
The building also has widespread use of motifs, sculptures, and ornamentation. The building is “guarded” by eight gigantic fiberglass statues of men holding a light ball in their hands, four of them standing on each broad side of the building’s crown. Another example is the gargoyles decorating the building’s exterior, which are said to be hand-crafted.
Locally, the building is often referred to as “Gotham building”, due to its Art Deco architectural style that resembles the fictional Gotham City of Batman legend.

S… Singapore

Parkview Square, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Photo by Kevin Buehler

Whoah. This thing is totally reminding me of Italian futurism, specifically Antonio Sant’Elia. Compare to:

It also looks like a very fancy radiator.

Background from Wikipedia:

Although it is a modern building, having been completed in 2002, it is specially designed in the classic Art Deco style, following New York City 1929 Chanin Building as an inspiration. The exterior surface of the building is clad in brown Granite, bronze, lacquer, and glass.

The lobby is also designed mainly in the Art Deco style and features a 15m-high ceiling with hand-crafted details. The bar in the lobby of the building has a unique 3-storey high wine chiller. The open plaza of Parkview Square is reminiscent of Piazza San Marco in Venice, with sculptures and statues surrounding the open plaza. There are many bronze effigies of some of the most famous figures in world history, including Sun Yat-sen, Abraham Lincoln, Salvador Dalí, Mozart, Chopin, Isaac Newton, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt, Shakespeare, Plato, Dante, Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein.

The building also has widespread use of motifs, sculptures, and ornamentation. The building is “guarded” by eight gigantic fiberglass statues of men holding a light ball in their hands, four of them standing on each broad side of the building’s crown. Another example is the gargoyles decorating the building’s exterior, which are said to be hand-crafted.

Locally, the building is often referred to as “Gotham building”, due to its Art Deco architectural style that resembles the fictional Gotham City of Batman legend.

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R… Rochester
Times Square Building, Rochester, New YorkPhoto by J-Fish
Some buildings have more distinctive roof lines than others… 
From Flickr:

The “Wings of Progress” are one of the most distinctive features of the Rochester Skyline. Each aluminum wing weighs 12,000 pounds and stand 42 feet tall atop the Times Square Building, whose corner stone was laid October 29th, 1929 (the day of the great stock market crash).

R… Rochester

Times Square Building, Rochester, New York
Photo by J-Fish

Some buildings have more distinctive roof lines than others… 

From Flickr:

The “Wings of Progress” are one of the most distinctive features of the Rochester Skyline. Each aluminum wing weighs 12,000 pounds and stand 42 feet tall atop the Times Square Building, whose corner stone was laid October 29th, 1929 (the day of the great stock market crash).

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Niagara Square and Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New YorkPhoto by Wendy Darling
One last “full building” shot before I start in on the shots of the front facade, including the columns and the incredible frieze. This is obviously a shot from the fountain looking up. Naturally there’s a Canadian flag as Buffalo is right on Canada’s doorstep. (In fact as you’ll see later, there’s a big mural in the lobby highlighting the city as a bridge between the the U.S. and Canada.) 

Niagara Square and Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

One last “full building” shot before I start in on the shots of the front facade, including the columns and the incredible frieze. This is obviously a shot from the fountain looking up. Naturally there’s a Canadian flag as Buffalo is right on Canada’s doorstep. (In fact as you’ll see later, there’s a big mural in the lobby highlighting the city as a bridge between the the U.S. and Canada.) 

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Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New YorkPhoto by Wendy Darling
Here’s a front-on shot from Niagara Square.
More background from the City of Buffalo’s own web site:

It has been customary in the past to erect triumphal arches memorializing the victories of war, but the architect and builders of Buffalo City Hall have endeavored to portray the constructive rather than the destructive side of life. Their focus was to accomplish in stone, steel and glass what the ancient Greeks did in stone and timber.
The importance of this Art Deco masterpiece is immediately relevant upon viewing its command of the downtown Buffalo and the waterfront. When approaching City Hall from Niagara Street, one is impressed with an architectural style which is modern without being modernistic and which depicts the age in which it was built. Also, it generally balanced its modernism with a taste of the symbolism normally associated with classical architecture. The exterior and interior are adorned with symbolic figures and decorations, which in bold relief portray an industrial theme.

Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

Here’s a front-on shot from Niagara Square.

More background from the City of Buffalo’s own web site:

It has been customary in the past to erect triumphal arches memorializing the victories of war, but the architect and builders of Buffalo City Hall have endeavored to portray the constructive rather than the destructive side of life. Their focus was to accomplish in stone, steel and glass what the ancient Greeks did in stone and timber.

The importance of this Art Deco masterpiece is immediately relevant upon viewing its command of the downtown Buffalo and the waterfront. When approaching City Hall from Niagara Street, one is impressed with an architectural style which is modern without being modernistic and which depicts the age in which it was built. Also, it generally balanced its modernism with a taste of the symbolism normally associated with classical architecture. The exterior and interior are adorned with symbolic figures and decorations, which in bold relief portray an industrial theme.

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Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New YorkPhoto by Wendy Darling
Night shot taken from Niagara Square, the eight-sided park that stands before City Hall and at the center of the city’s elegant, 18th century wheel-and-spokes street grid. There’s a lovely fountain at the center, capped with an obelisk dedicated to the memory of President William McKinley, who was shot dead in Buffalo. Meanwhle, don’t you expect to see the Bat Signal up there in the night sky? Or maybe some monorails, a la Metropolis?

Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

Night shot taken from Niagara Square, the eight-sided park that stands before City Hall and at the center of the city’s elegant, 18th century wheel-and-spokes street grid. There’s a lovely fountain at the center, capped with an obelisk dedicated to the memory of President William McKinley, who was shot dead in Buffalo. Meanwhle, don’t you expect to see the Bat Signal up there in the night sky? Or maybe some monorails, a la Metropolis?

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