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    This thread is for sharing pics/info about Art Deco in NYC (or anywhere else). The great Deco buildings like Chrysler, 70 Pine, ESB already have their own threads, so this one will serve as a clearing house for less famous buildings or rarely-noticed detail (although famous examples are welcome).

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    Background: The style that came to be known as Art Deco manifested itself between 1920 and 1939. It served as a statement of the ideals of modernity & technological progress that pervaded that era.

    In its time, Deco was considered a modernization of past architectural themes: Far and Middle Eastern design, Greek and Roman, and Egyptian, Mayan & Native American.

    For example, this never-built design below by George Bossom, was based on Tikal, "the original skyscrapers of North America."



    Deco elements often included reference to Machine Age icons or natural elements or patterns. This optimistic meeting of technology & nature is likely why Art Deco appealed to so many and became so popular between the World Wars.

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    City Bank-Farmer’s Trust (20 Exchange Pl)

    Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25869134@N06/


    Cities Service (70 Pine):



    Credit: http://ayearinmanhattan.blogspot.com/


    Ziegfeld Theatre (demolished):



    Hearst Magazine Building (base by Joseph Urban intended for tower which was never built… until recently):

    Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26816223@N07/
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    Excellent...as usual, Randy .

    I've never seen the Hearst that close before, nor the Salmon. Marvelous.

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    Scans taken from Skyscraper City: Art Deco New York, by Cervin Robinson and Rosemarie Haag Bletter, 1975


    Daily News Building, Howells and Hood, 1929-30, 220 East 42nd Street


    42 West 39th Street, Buchman and Kahn, 1927


    20th Century Fox Building, Joseph J. Burman, 1930, 444 West 56th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues
    A stain-glass window was set between the vestibule and lobby of the New York headquarters of a Hollywood movie company.

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    Scans taken from Architecture and Urbanism: New York Art Deco Skyscrapers, 1987.


    501 Madison Avenue, Kohn & Vitolo, 1930


    111 John Street, Buchman and Kahn, 1928


    Graybar Building, 420 Lexington Avenue, Sloan & Robertson, 1927


    Federal Office Building, 90 Church Street, Cross & Cross, 1935


    Cheney Brothers Building, 181 Madison Avenue, Ferrobrandt & Greenley, 1925


    Cheney Brothers Building, 181 Madison Avenue, Ferrobrandt & Greenley, 1925

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    Scan taken from New York Deco, Carla Breeze, 1993.

    I love this photo (for more reasons than one...).


    20 Exchange Place, Cross & Cross 1931

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    Thanks, Merry, for those great pics - many are new to me.


    Int. Telephone & Telegraph (67/75 Broad St)


    Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/


    Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chaostrophy/




    Maritime Exchange

    Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chaostrophy/


    19 Rector

    Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/epicharmus/


    21 West

    Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/epicharmus/


    Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisasez/


    29 Broadway

    Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisasez/




    Standard Oil. This building is an example of how other architectural styles, in this case neo-Classicism, took on art-deco details as the form developed. The use of ionic and Corinthian columns and the stepped pyramid are very classic features and dominate the building. However, the entry clock (below), oil derrick relief and obelisks reflect art deco.

    Interesting Note: Up until the 1950s, the cauldron atop the building was filled with kerosene and set alight to serve as a beacon to ships in the harbor. We need a photo of that!




    Credit: http://picasaweb.google.com/AnyaNYC08

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    For the first time I've noticed that this detail on Barclay-Vesey is an elephant:



    Reminding me of the elephants on the Hotel Montclair (now W) :



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    What a shame.

    Presumably before:


    http://www.flickr.com/photos/emry/3643292438/


    http://www.flickr.com/photos/emry/36...n/photostream/


    City of New York Greenwich Substation – West 13th Street & Greenwich









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    A couple of beautiful obscurities in the outer boroughs:


    Brighton Beach, Brooklyn:


    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevharb/3899655161/

    The Ambassador, New Brighton, Staten Island:


    http://www.agilitynut.com/deco/nyc.html (nice AD website)

    http://www.forgotten-ny.com/SLICES/a...mbassador.html
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    ^ Good to know the doors of the Greenwich substation are intact (that pic is from Feb 2010).

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