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Goeschel Building, Detroit, Michigan
Photos from HistoricDetroit.org

I’m a big fan of terra cotta so this really pleases me. 

From the listing on HistoricDetroit.org:

On the east side of Detroit, among burned-out and abandoned structures, stands a terra cotta beauty, the Goeschel Building.

The Goeschel Building is located at Mack and Gratiot on Detroit’s east side. Designed in 1914 by the architectural firm Mildner & Eisen, the Goeschel is an example of simple, sophisticated Art Deco/Moderne…

…A Sept. 6, 1914, article in the Detroit Free Press talked about the Goeschel Building in depth: “Construction of the Goeschel building at the intersection of Gratiot and Mack is now in progress. The building designed by Mildner and Eisen, architects, has a frontage on Gratiot of 50 feet, on Mack of 102 feet and extends back on Elwood 50 feet. It is three stories and has a full basement. The first floor consists of five stores; second floor has five office suites at the front and storage in the rear. The third floor is one large room suitable for light manufacturing purposes. The exterior is of white terra cotta; an ornamental marquis extends around the entire street fronts. The building is steel frame and steel sash are used on the rear and west side of the building.”

…Originally built with three floors, the Goeschel endured major renovation in 1931, which included the removal of the top floor. The blueprints from the renovation were recently uncovered in the basement of the property and show, in detail, the changes that occurred during renovation…

The Goeschel has been a mixed-use building since construction was finished in 1914. The bottom retail floors initially housed a men’s clothing store, a dime store, tobacco shop and ice cream parlor. The upper floors, before the third floor was removed in 1931, housed office space for dentists, doctors and architects. The top story is currently empty and in disrepair while the lower story is partially functioning as a restaurant supply store.

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V… Vancouver (Canada)
Exterior Detail, Marine Building, Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaPhoto by Steven Ballegeer
There are so many shots of this magnificent building to choose from but I liked this one that shows of the fact the building has so much ornamentation it’s actually like barnacles!
From Flickr:

Vancouver’s Art Deco masterpiece designed by architects McCarter and Nairne. When it was completed in 1930 it was the tallest building in the British Empire. The building’s richly decorated terra cotta exterior is meant to look as if the building had risen from the sea and was still encrusted in marine animals, coral and kelp.
 This is some of the detail at the top of the arch over the main entry.

V… Vancouver (Canada)

Exterior Detail, Marine Building, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Photo by Steven Ballegeer

There are so many shots of this magnificent building to choose from but I liked this one that shows of the fact the building has so much ornamentation it’s actually like barnacles!

From Flickr:

Vancouver’s Art Deco masterpiece designed by architects McCarter and Nairne. When it was completed in 1930 it was the tallest building in the British Empire. The building’s richly decorated terra cotta exterior is meant to look as if the building had risen from the sea and was still encrusted in marine animals, coral and kelp.

 This is some of the detail at the top of the arch over the main entry.

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P… Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Exterior Detail, Market Street National Bank, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaPhoto by Anomalous_A
Lovely bit of detail from the colored terra cotta facade.
Photographer’s note:

Architectural Detail: Market Street National Bank - 1319-1325 Market Street, Philadelphia
1929, Ritter and Shay
aka Penn Square East, 1 East Penn Square; now a Marriott Residence Inn

P… Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Exterior Detail, Market Street National Bank, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photo by Anomalous_A

Lovely bit of detail from the colored terra cotta facade.

Photographer’s note:

Architectural Detail: Market Street National Bank - 1319-1325 Market Street, Philadelphia

1929, Ritter and Shay

aka Penn Square East, 1 East Penn Square; now a Marriott Residence Inn

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O… Oregon
Berg Building, Portland, OregonPhoto by Ricky Kilby
Magnificent bit of facade. I love that deep blue terra cotta!
From Flickr:

Charles F. Berg Building (1902/1930); Also known as Dolph Building is located at 611-615 SW Broadway Avenue, Portland. Architect, builder, or engineer: Grand Rapids Store Equipment Company. Architectural Style: Moderne/Art Deco.
"The front of the Berg Building is a rich black and gold, with panels of cream and dark aquamarine panels high up. There are designs of sunbursts, spirals, rain clouds, and peacocks on the third floor, with a zigzag pattern at the top of the building. 18-karat gold runs throughout the building’s facade."

O… Oregon

Berg Building, Portland, Oregon
Photo by Ricky Kilby

Magnificent bit of facade. I love that deep blue terra cotta!

From Flickr:

Charles F. Berg Building (1902/1930); Also known as Dolph Building is located at 611-615 SW Broadway Avenue, Portland. Architect, builder, or engineer: Grand Rapids Store Equipment Company. Architectural Style: Moderne/Art Deco.

"The front of the Berg Building is a rich black and gold, with panels of cream and dark aquamarine panels high up. There are designs of sunbursts, spirals, rain clouds, and peacocks on the third floor, with a zigzag pattern at the top of the building. 18-karat gold runs throughout the building’s facade."

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