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LostInTheZone Sep 12, 2006 9:29 PM

Art Deco!
post pics of your favorites, the best your city has to offer, or overlooked gems:

A few of my picks out of what I consider the best architectural style for skyscrapers:

Carbide & Carbon Building, Michigan Ave, Chicago. Green brick and 24k gold on the crown. According to legend the architects got the idea from a champagne bottle:

Eastern Columbia Building, Broadway, Los Angeles: blue terra cotta!

American International Building (70 Pine Street), NYC Financial District:

The Deco is in the Details: model of the building carved into the limestone entrance facade, and lamps, in aluminum:

can you spot the now-closed obervation deck? Imagine the penthouses you could get, with those terraces, if this building was converted to residential. It's 952 feet to the tip of the flagpole:

Cushman liked it, back when it was the tallest building downtown:

The Hotel Carlyle, Madison Avenue, Upper East Side NYC; google wasn't returning a lot of pics, but it really does stand out at night, seen from Central Park:

The GE Building (570 Lexington Avenue): behind St. Bart's, across the street from the Waldorf=Astoria:

might have the most interesting crown of any skyscraper- gothic tracery reinterpreted as radio waves:

this building drips with detail:

MolsonExport Sep 12, 2006 9:32 PM

Without a doubt, Art Deco is my favourite ever architectural style.

LostInTheZone Sep 12, 2006 9:48 PM

the once and future Boyd Theater, most recently the Sameric:

like so many Philadelphia buildings, it isn't much to look at from the outside, but it has a nearly 100% intact art deco interior: colored frosted glass, exetic marble, metalwork, the whole shebang:



it was within weeks of being demolished a few years ago, when the movie theater closed down, but now it's being restored as a music venue (by Clearchannel, but it beats losing it)

more pics

hauntedheadnc Sep 12, 2006 10:20 PM

Art deco is my city's signature style! These are some of the fantastic pics that SSP forumer Four 0 Four took when he was here in July.

City Hall

First Baptist Church

Woolworth Building

S&W Cafeteria Building

Some building whose name I have forgotten

Asheville High School

JManc Sep 12, 2006 10:25 PM

there is art deco and there is everything else. i wish i could have lived when it was still in its heyday. can't think of anything art deco in houston but syracuse, NY probably has one of the finest examples:

SuperstarMark Sep 13, 2006 1:05 AM

I am going to cream my pants looking at this thread. :stunned: KEEP THE PHOTOS COMING.

SuperstarMark Sep 13, 2006 1:16 AM

Here are a few photos I took of Denver's AT&T Building, last month. Perhaps a Denverite can give more color background on this gem - I think it's absolutely stunning. I wasn't allowed to take photos inside, but the lobby looked fantastic.

Boris2k7 Sep 13, 2006 2:05 AM

Calgary's Barron Building
Photo Courtesy of Flickr

Started in 1949 and finished in 1951

Barron building played a significant role in establishing Calgary as the provincial capital of the oil industry. The office district that subsequently developed in the western end of downtown became known as the "Oil Patch"

vid Sep 13, 2006 2:15 AM

The Royal Eddie Hotel, the most prominent Art Deco building in the Northwest. (Of Ontario.)

The queen stayed there. :)

The rear end!

MayDay Sep 13, 2006 2:34 AM

jmancuso posted one of my absolute favorites - the Niagara-Mohawk Building in Syracuse, NY.

Some examples of Art Deco from Northeast Ohio:

One of the four Guardians of Transportation and the Ohio Bell Huron Building:

Akron's First National Tower:

Youngstown's Metropolitan Bank Tower:

And one of my favorites from Cincinnati, the Orchid Room at the Netherland Hilton Hotel:

Arriviste Sep 13, 2006 2:45 AM


Originally Posted by Boris550
Calgary's Barron Building
Photo Courtesy of Flickr

Started in 1949 and finished in 1951

The Barron building, although quite nice with some attractive and fascinating details hardly qualifies as Art Deco. It is more art Moderne if you want to get picky.Calgary's only example of Deco is The Bank of Nova Scotia on 8th Ave.
It doesn't even qualify in all fields.

rockyi Sep 13, 2006 3:10 AM

Some examples of Art Deco around the Quad Cities (not a lot of skyscrapers though)

Rock Island High School.

Details, Rock Island H.S.

5th Ave. Building, Moline, IL

Details, 5th Ave. Building.

Signage, Davenport, IA

Adler Theater and Mississippi Hotel, Davenport, IA

Inside the Adler


Lobby Ceiling

rockyi Sep 15, 2006 1:00 AM

I'll bump up this purdy thread with a detail shot of this fairly early example of Art Deco (1926) in downtown Rock Island. (It looks like the Royal Neighbors of America sign was added in the 1980's)

Skyliner Sep 15, 2006 1:20 AM

Greenville's most prominent display of Art Deco was actually not built until the late 1990's. Poinsett Plaza is a 13-story office tower that houses the headquarters for The South Financial Group, and has luxury condominiums in the tops floors.

In this photo, Poinsett Plaza is the tower peeking out from the right:

LMich Sep 15, 2006 2:09 AM

My favorites of Detroit:

David Stott Building

Penobscot Building - a less frilly art deco

Guardian Building

Fisher Building

LouisianaRush Sep 15, 2006 2:30 AM

Louisiana's state captiol:

UptownChiBoy Sep 15, 2006 3:52 AM


London Guarantee Building. Built in 1923.

35 East Wacker Drive. Built in 1927.

Merchandise Mart Built in 1930.

Civic Opera Building. Built in 1929.


Tribune Tower Built in 1925

LostInTheZone Sep 15, 2006 4:06 AM

You're a bit confused. All of the pics you posted, with the exception of the Tribune building, are classic examples of beaux-arts, but they are decidedly not deco.

The Merchandise Mart is a good, if conservative, example. Anyone have pics from nighttime?

Buckeye Native 001 Sep 15, 2006 4:39 AM

By far my favorite style of architecture!

Some from my hometown:

Cincinnati's tallest, the 574-foot Carew Tower

The Museum Center at Union Terminal

JManc Sep 15, 2006 5:28 AM

i think the tribute tower would be considered neo-gothic along the likes of the woolworth building.

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