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Old October 23rd, 2006, 11:34 PM   #1
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Your Favourite Art Déco Buildings

here you can post your favourite art déco building. photos are welcome :-)

Empire State Building, NYC



Bullocks Wilshire Building, LA



Boston Avenue Methodist Church, Tulsa / Oklahoma


Fisher Building, Detroit



American Standard Building, NYC


General Electric Building, NYC


Aldred Building, Montreal


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Old October 31st, 2006, 09:24 PM   #2
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Strange that people did not respond to this topic earlier!

Besides the famous NY examples (ESB, Chrysler, Rockefeller center, etc.) here is a list of my favorites:
1. Fisher Building, Detroit.
2. Carew Tower, Cincinnati.
3. Eastern Columbia Building, Los Angeles.
4. Hoover Building, London.
5. Palmolive Building, Chicago (was Playboy Building for a while).
6. Guardian Building, Detroit.
7. Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago.
8. Penobscot Building, Detroit.
9. Marlin, Breakwater, Colony, and other South Beach hotels (entire district), Miami
10. David Stott Building, Detroit

Here are some pictures I took of the Detroit buildings on the list:

Fisher Building (1928):
Architect: Albert Kahn. It has 40 types of marble in lobby; outer surface is granite and marble.


Guardian Building (1929):
Architect: Wirt Rowland. One of the most colorful Art Deco buildings in the country. You have to look at the details to really appreciate it.

Guardian Entrance:

Guardian Interior:


Penobscot Building (1928):

Architect: Wirt Rowland. Very modern for its time. Was completed three years before Empire State Building and was 5th tallest skyscraper in the world upon completion.

David Stott Building (1929):
Architect: Donaldson and Meier. This slender tower was probably influenced by Eliel Saarinen's design for 1922 Chicago Tribune tower competion.


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Old November 1st, 2006, 02:12 AM   #3
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KBC Tower in Antwerp, informally called Boerentoren or "Farmer's Tower".

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Old November 1st, 2006, 12:51 PM   #4
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wow, the guardian building is terrific !
i just had a pic of the top of the building and didn´t know that there is such a amazing entrance and also the lobby with the colorful ceiling is great

here are some other more or less known art déco buildings:

Bloom High School, Illinois


British Medical Association - Sydney, Australia


Carbide & Carbon Building, Chicago
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Old November 1st, 2006, 01:43 PM   #5
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Carbide and Carbon, Chicago. ( The one that looks like a beer bottle)
Chicago Board of trade, Chicago. ( The one with the cool statute on top)
35 Wacker, Chicago. (Most amazing domed top)
Chanin Building, New York. (The one with the cool vertical lines)
Intercontinental, Chicago. ( Love the gold dome)
Penobscot, Detroit. ( Awesome entrance)
Empire State, New York City. ( An art deco beast)
Chrysler, New York City. ( Perfection?)
40 Wall, New York City. ( My all time favorite building of any style)
30 Rock, New York City. ( Best observatory in NYC)
20 Exchange, New York City. ( Sleek, love the colors and spot in the skyline)
American International, New York City. ( Significant enough, needs a washdown)
Mather Tower, Chicago. ( Extremeley slim, very cool)
Eastern Lofts? , Los Angeles. ( I like greenish blue buildings)
Lincoln Building, New York. ( 3 Huge Windows ontop)
Palmolive, Chicago. ( Love the spire)
London Guarantee,Chicago. ( the curvature of this building is very cool)
333 North Mich. Ave, Chicago. ( Reminds me alot of the flatiron)
American Radiator, New York City. ( Sweet colors)
Bank of New York, New York City. (Compliments 20 exchange nicely)
500 on fifth, New York City. ( Like a mini esb)
Guardian Building, Detroit. ( I love red buildings and mosaic)
That one in Newark is pretty cool too. ( its green with chimneys)
Paramount Building, New York. ( Sweet dome at the top, sticks out in TimeSquare)
120 Wall, New York. ( I've always thought it looked like a wedding cake) Not obstructed either it is right on the east river.
Mercantile Building, New York City. ( Another huge deco between the esb and chrysler)
Navarre, Chicago. ( Like the massing)
Williamsburg Savings Bank, Brooklyn. ( Like the domed top)
Waldorf Astoria, New York. ( Love the 2 green crowns)
and last but not least..

570 Lexy aka General Electric.

Best crown on an art deco building, ever?
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Old November 1st, 2006, 06:36 PM   #6
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Canada Life Building


Commerce Court North


Chrysler Building
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Old November 1st, 2006, 07:36 PM   #7
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That last shot is really quite good actually.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 08:19 AM   #8
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Some fine examples...

























I really didn't do this building justice.



















Oh ya!

All Chicago!

All net!


Swoosh.....
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Well I admit I am biased because I can remember when it still dominated the Columbus skyline.

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She's a beaut todd
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 08:38 PM   #11
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1. EPS ( of course )
2. Chrysler
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 09:42 PM   #12
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While Art Deco style is not as easily defined as Neo-Classical (for example), there are a few buildings that have been posted that do not appear to be Art Deco.

The Canadian Life Building appears to classical in style with what appear to be Roman Doric columns, pilasters, balastrudes, dental molding, and heavy cornices. It is possible to find Art Deco elements in some "stripped classical" buildings; if this is the case, please provide a picture or to of these details.

The Chicago Tribune building is neo-gothic.

The Wrigley Building is classical with references to an Italian Renaissance tower.

The Jewelers Building or 35 E Wacker also appears to more classical/renaissance revival than Art Deco (although the SSP diagram for the building calls it Art Deco - I disagree because the decoration is overtly classical).

Moving on...

Here are some pictures I found of some of the non-Detroit buildings that I posted earlier in this thread:

Carew Tower (1930, Cincinnati)


Eastern Columbia Building (Los Angeles)


Hoover Building (London)


Another building I should have put in my list:
Buffalo City Hall:
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 10:47 PM   #13
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What a great thread!! Some buidings in my city: Rosario, Argentina.

PALACIO MINETTI (MINETTI PALACE)















EDIFICIO BOERO (BOERO BUILDING)



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Old November 3rd, 2006, 07:20 AM   #14
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While Art Deco style is not as easily defined as Neo-Classical (for example), there are a few buildings that have been posted that do not appear to be Art Deco.

The Canadian Life Building appears to classical in style with what appear to be Roman Doric columns, pilasters, balastrudes, dental molding, and heavy cornices. It is possible to find Art Deco elements in some "stripped classical" buildings; if this is the case, please provide a picture or to of these details.

The Chicago Tribune building is neo-gothic.

The Wrigley Building is classical with references to an Italian Renaissance tower.

The Jewelers Building or 35 E Wacker also appears to more classical/renaissance revival than Art Deco (although the SSP diagram for the building calls it Art Deco - I disagree because the decoration is overtly classical).

Moving on...

Here are some pictures I found of some of the non-Detroit buildings that I posted earlier in this thread:

Carew Tower (1930, Cincinnati)


Eastern Columbia Building (Los Angeles)


Hoover Building (London)


Another building I should have put in my list:
Buffalo City Hall:

I just tossed it in cause I felt Like it. If you look at my written list Wrigley Building and the Chicago Tribune are not mentioned.Thanks. 35 Wacker while you sound certainly sure of yourself has in my experience and by referenced in SSP has always been considered Art Deco and while you may be right and I may be wrong it is still one of the best looking buildings ever erected. Huh? Huh??????? Huh buddy?
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 04:00 PM   #15
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I just tossed it in cause I felt Like it. If you look at my written list Wrigley Building and the Chicago Tribune are not mentioned.Thanks. 35 Wacker while you sound certainly sure of yourself has in my experience and by referenced in SSP has always been considered Art Deco and while you may be right and I may be wrong it is still one of the best looking buildings ever erected. Huh? Huh??????? Huh buddy?
Since your pictures appeared in a separate post, I did not notice that the Wrigley and Tribune were not listed in your earlier post (sorry about that). Might the appearance of pictures of those buildings in this thread cause some confusion to some?

My assesment of 35 Wacker is based on the idea that what we now call "Art Deco" was at the time simply called "modern". The decorative style looked toward the future. This building is loaded with Beaux Arts details, especially the cornices and the pillar supported domes. The Beaux Arts style looked to the past. Anyway, the subject is debatable. I would be interested in the opinion of an architecural historian on this building.

I agree that 35 Wacker is a great building (although a small quibble is that the tower portion is a bit too skinny in relation to the massive base - a subject judgement to be sure). I also appreciate the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower. The crossing of the Chicago river by Michigan Avenue is one of the great architectural spaces in the city or even the entire country.

Your list was very good. All of those buildings are worth checking out, if not in person than at least in SSP or Emporis.
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Since your pictures appeared in a separate post, I did not notice that the Wrigley and Tribune were not listed in your earlier post (sorry about that). Might the appearance of pictures of those buildings in this thread cause some confusion to some?

My assesment of 35 Wacker is based on the idea that what we now call "Art Deco" was at the time simply called "modern". The decorative style looked toward the future. This building is loaded with Beaux Arts details, especially the cornices and the pillar supported domes. The Beaux Arts style looked to the past. Anyway, the subject is debatable. I would be interested in the opinion of an architecural historian on this building.

I agree that 35 Wacker is a great building (although a small quibble is that the tower portion is a bit too skinny in relation to the massive base - a subject judgement to be sure). I also appreciate the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower. The crossing of the Chicago river by Michigan Avenue is one of the great architectural spaces in the city or even the entire country.

Your list was very good. All of those buildings are worth checking out, if not in person than at least in SSP or Emporis.

Hey, it's cool man. Yeah it probably may be confusing still wanted to post them. 35 shares qualities from art deco and beaux arts I believe but I 've always classified it with other art deco buildings. Just routine I guess. I'm probably wrong as it is quite obvious. What a building anyway. I agree with you on Michigan Avenue being one of the great architectural spaces in the country. Walking over the Bridge toward streeterville with the tribune lined up with the intercontinental and the wrigley's big ole clock is an amazing site to behold. I will never get over it. The other end is nothing to slouch on either. Chicago is jam packed with outstanding examples in architecture from the earlier half and quarter of the 20th century as it is with all types and styles.
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Beautiful buildings...
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nimo building (syracuse)
american radiator (new york)
macgraw hill (new york)
PSFS (philly)
barclay-vesey (new york)
channin (new york)
guardian (detroit) the interior especially
city hall (buffalo)
WSB and chrysler (new york)

art deco is by far my favorite so any art deco building suits me.
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There is a gorgeous little shop in Birmingham which used to be a furniture store but is now a bookstore. It is not my favourite art deco but it is definitely beautiful.
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