San Francisco Art Deco

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Arcadia Publishing, 2007 - History - 127 pages
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The famed period of architecture, design, and style known as Art Deco began in the mid1920s and lasted for a good 20 years. The movement left an indelible stamp all around the Bay Area but nowhere more so than in styleconscious San Francisco. The city's 1925 Diamond Jubilee, coinciding with the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in France, ushered in the Art Deco age to the city by the bay. The Roaring Twenties created a need for thousands of new commercial and residential buildings, and many of these, such as Timothy Pflueger's Pacific Telephone and Telegraph building, were Art Deco masterpieces that embodied the new "moderne" styling sweeping the country. Using a variety of building materials, including terracotta, Vitrolux, and neon, many of the city's graceful and dramatic buildings turned heads 70 years ago just as they do today.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Introduction
7
Diamond Jubilee
9
Jazz Age Skyscrapers
13
Cocktail Lounges and Art Deco Restaurants
25
High Jinks and Highballs
35
Commerce Industry Theaters
43
Moderne Houses Flats and Apartment Art Deco
53
Public Buildings Public Art
67
Marvels of Engineering
83
Golden Gate International Exposition
101
Preservation
123
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Robert W. Bowen, a past president of the San Francisco Bay Area Post Card Club, provides a unique look at San Francisco history from his family collection of vintage San Francisco postcards. Bowen was awarded the San Francisco History Association's 2009 Dr. Albert Shumate Award in appreciation of his dedication to the preservation of San Francisco history.

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