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American Art Deco: Modernistic Architecture and Regionalism

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A lavishly illustrated survey of American Art Deco architecture.
Art deco architecture flourished in large cities and small towns throughout America in the 1920s and 1930s. Many of the best examples office buildings, movie theaters, hotels, and churches are still in use. Deco architects, artists, and designers drew on European styles but were most committed to a style that grew organically, as they saw it, from their native soil. Two themes bound Deco buildings and their ...

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Overview

A lavishly illustrated survey of American Art Deco architecture.
Art deco architecture flourished in large cities and small towns throughout America in the 1920s and 1930s. Many of the best examples office buildings, movie theaters, hotels, and churches are still in use. Deco architects, artists, and designers drew on European styles but were most committed to a style that grew organically, as they saw it, from their native soil. Two themes bound Deco buildings and their decorative schemes together: a regional pride that tied buildings to their specific locales and functions, and a growing national symbolism that asserted the buildings' identity as uniquely, independently American. American Art Deco features description sand over 500 color photographs of seventy-five lavish and innovatively designed buildings across the country that have been preserved both outside and in, giving the full scope of this beloved, exciting style.

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This photographic survey of Art Deco architecture and interiors in the United States is the most impressive this reviewer has seen to date. It exhibits more than 500 resplendent color photographs of the nation's most popular samples of Jazz Age style, dating from the 1920s to the 1950s, all taken by Breeze, one of the country's foremost architectural photographers. Breeze has also written the text, emphasizing the meaning of Art Deco as an American fusion of geometry, mechanolatry, materiality, and nationality, including nativist cultures. Before European modern architecture of the 1920s blew out the candles on the Beaux Arts wedding cake of design in the mid-20th century, Art Deco was America's leading public and commercial style, featured in post offices, city halls, movie palaces, apartment houses, and department stores all over the country. It was a "people's" style-traditional, ornamental, communicative, and reassuring-and this book will do a lot to retain and revive interest in it. Recommended for all architecture collections.-Peter S. Kaufman, Boston Architectural Ctr. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393019704
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/21/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 287
  • Sales rank: 529,505
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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