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Art Deco is a style of architecture popular in the 1920’s to the 1940’s. Art Deco started in Europe after World War I and represented the modern world, and it was embraced by America with gusto. It stood for all that was new and glamorous. From cruise ships to restau-rants and even signs and lighting, Art Deco is still a part of the American landscape. The U.S. has many ex-amples of art-deco architecture. New York, Chicago, and Detroit have many art deco buildings: The famous skyscrapers are the best-known, but notable art deco buildings can be found in various neighborhoods.

Detroit's - Fisher, Guardian and Penobscot Buildings, all of which are now National Historic Landmarks.

Los Angeles, California -Wilshire Boulevard, Bullocks Wilshire building and the Pellissier Building and Wiltern Theatre, built in 1929 and 1931 respectively.

Miami Beach, Florida, has a large collection of art-deco buildings, with some thirty blocks of hotels and apartment houses dating from the 1920’s to the 1940’s.

Art deco was popular during the later years of the movie palace era of theatre construction. Excellent

examples of art deco theatres, such as the Fargo Theatre in Fargo, North Dakota still exist throughout the United States.

Hoover Dam an unusual example of art deco design. Many dam guides state that the design was to be Gothic Revival,

including the installation of gargoyles with water shooting out of their mouths.

Minneapolis, Foshay Tower, 1929. The building was built right before the Great Depression and is one of, if not the only obelisk shaped office building in the world.

Minneapolis, Rand Tower and the Wells Fargo Center, modern art deco architecture.

St. Paul, MN -1st National Bank Building and the Saint Paul City Hall.

The city of Rochester, Minnesota houses the Plummer Building, the original building for the world-famous Mayo Clinic, which was built in 1927.

Cincinnati, Ohio, Union Terminal, an art deco style passenger railroad station. Carew Tower, a 49-story art deco skyscraper built in 1931.

Flint, Michigan - The Paterson Building has extensive art deco throughout the interior and exterior.

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