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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Diamond Jubilee
Jazz Age Skyscrapers
Cocktail Lounges and Art Deco Restaurants
High Jinks and Highballs
Commerce Industry Theaters
Moderne Houses Flats and Apartment Art Deco
Public Buildings Public Art
Marvels of Engineering
Golden Gate International Exposition

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This volume of historic images looks at architecture--as well as life and society--during San Francisco's jazz age. Michael F. Crowe, author of Deco by the Bay, is the founder and president of the Art Deco Society of California, and Robert W. Bowen, author of San Francisco's Presidio, leads architectural tours of the city's Marina and downtown districts.

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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