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Best Art Deco Skyscraper in your city?

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Post what you think is the best Art Deco Skyscraper in your city

For St. Louis to me it is the Continental Building

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You're making me choose the best one? Well then, I've got a tough choice. Since I am forced to make a choice, I'll choose Detroit's Guardian Building.

Height: 489 feet

Floors: 40

Year: 1929

  • Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, the Guardian Building was designed by Wirt C. Rowland of the leading Detroit architecture firm Smith, Hinchman & Grylls.

  • Termed a "cathedral of commerce" and "one of the most exuberant Art Deco skyscrapers built in America," the Guardian Building was built for what was at the time Detroit's leading financial institution.

  • The cathedral theme is emphasized on the exterior by the two towers at each end of the building connected by a somewhat lower navelike block. The theme is played out in the interior with the tall banking lobby designed as a nave with side aisles.

  • A specially formulated orange brick, known as Guardian brick, clads the steel frame. Brilliantly colored terra-cotta, glazed tile, and gold-stained glass and metal decorate it inside and out.

  • The Guardian Building was the world's tallest masonry structure when it was completed.

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In KC for me, it is a three way tie between the Power & Light Building, Fidelity Ntl. Bank Tower, and Oak Tower (before the architecture was cladded over in the 70s)

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The last photo is when Oak Tower was only 14 floors, it was later raised to 28 floors, it kept it's beautiful architecture until the 1970s when they placed cladding over the beautiful art deco, and it now appears as a blocky structure in the skyline.

Here they appear in a skyline shot from approx. the 1940s

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(the tallest ones at the left, center, and oak tower is the closest to the center off the right side)

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too bad for Salt Lake, though that cathedral is kinda art deco/classical/goth

Pittsburgh has three major Art Deco Bldgs.

Koppers Bldg.

Grant Bldg.

Gulf Bldg.

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Pittsburgh has three major Art Deco Bldgs.

Koppers Bldg.

Grant Bldg.

Gulf Bldg.

Any pics?

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I guess it would be the only one.

Providence's Superman Building

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Photo by Richard Benjamin

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In Winston-Salem it has to be the Reynolds American Tower. Built in 1929 and designed by Shereve Lamb and Harmon Associates of New York City. It won the AIA Building of the Year award in 1929, The 1965 AIA best preserved Art Deco skyscraper award, and the 1984 Art Deco Society of New York award for best restoration of an art deco skyscraper. It was also the model for highrise art deco and post modern skyscrapers in New York, Cleveland, Lynchburg, Charlotte and Durham. I think the buildings in those cities modeled after Reynolds American are the tallest in those cities.

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There are also photos of it at this website:

http://www.winstonsalemskyscrapers.com

http://www.winstonsalemskyscrapers.com/RJR.html

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Seems to be monsoon....form is kind of similar.

Best in the world is N.Y.C.'s Chrysler of course. ;)

Best in Sydney??....ummmm.....we seemed to have had a boom for the Deco period - both the earlier Gothic and the later Egyptian/Greek/Aztec influenced.

These 3 in Sydney are great examples IMO....(not the tallest BTW).

The 1930 Gothic inspired Grace Building:

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The 1936 CML Building. It was the first aircon building in the city. I love the Aztec zig-zag :)

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Pic link 1: http://www.ahc.gov.au/cgi-bin/rne_photodb/...e=P&indigenous=

Lost in the canyons, the 1940 Delfin House. It has a fantastic grand arched entrance (visible in link):

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Pic link 2: http://www.ahc.gov.au/cgi-bin/rne_photodb/...e=P&indigenous=

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All those buildings are really interesting. Especially the Guardian building; that must have taken so much time to put all that detail in.

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I also agree with Reynolds American for Winston-Salem. It was the model for the Empire State Building and both were designed by the same architects. When Winston-Salem's Reynolds American Tower won building of the year by the AIA; General Motors hired the same architects to design a taller version for NYC. That building became the Empire State Building and that is why Winston-Salem's tower looks like the Empire State Building. The Winston-Salem building is two years older. ;)

I found these drawings. It's so hard to photograph it since it has so many other tall buildings around it. These drawings are very cool!

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It looks like there is a little pedestrain in the drawing below.

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I wish I could find a better photo of it and some photos of the art deco details. It has a lot of detail such as leaves and vines carved into its design. The ceiling is gold and sliver in the lobby and there are huge art deco murals and marble and etched glass walls.

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KC was rated one of the best for art-deco buildings. Hey that providence superman building looks alot like our KC POWER&Light Building! when was it built?

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mj,

wouldnt you include the Gulf Building in that mix, possibly the Grant Building and the Cathedral of Learning . . . maybe even UPMC presby and Allegheny General Tower.

what Pittsburgh lacks in quantity it makes up for in uniqueness!

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mj,

wouldnt you include the Gulf Building in that mix, possibly the Grant Building and the Cathedral of Learning . . . maybe even UPMC presby and Allegheny General Tower.

Those all great buildings, too, but Koppers came to mind.

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I would say Reynolds American Tower in Winston-Salem is the best Art Deco skyscraper in the Southeast! It has the shape of the modern skyscraper of the 1920's and looks like it belongs in New York City. I see someone posted my model in this thread! I need to upload a new rendering of it, with the correct textures.

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If it's not too short for this list, I think Asheville's City Hall is an excellent Art Deco building and the best my city has to offer.

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Some of these buildings are "Neo-Gothic", not Art Deco. Atlanta's City Hall is Neo-Gothic. Neo-Gothic buildings look like old European Gothic cathedrals.

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For me,the best looking building here in Miami is the Bank of America building(if its still named like that,which I kind of doubt,but whatever.)

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