Art Deco Architecture first gained public attention in 1922, but the style was most influential from 1925 - 1940
This Style of architecture is easily recognised due to the sharp edge looks and stylized geometric decorative details. This style was an intentional break from the past, being the first to to look forward rather than back.
Art Deco buildings have a sleek linear appearance which was often stylized with geometric ornamentation. These buildings feature the distinctive smooth finish exteriors using materials such as plaster, concrete block, glazed brickwork or mosaic tile. They often featured decorative panels at entrances, windows or along roof edges, these details can incorporate various artistic or geometrical motifs, such as chevrons or zigzags. Many skyscrapers were designed in this style.
Art Deco was applied to many public and commercial buildings many of these buildings are still in use today. Developers and architects of the time found that this style adapted well to apartment blocks. The style was not widely applied to individual homes however Art Deco architecture was an affordable way to build as the simple box could be decorated with motifs and embellishments, making the rudimentary structure appear fashionable.
Art Deco Characteristics
Smooth wall surface
Sharp edged, linear appearance
Stylized decorative elements using geometrical forms, zigzags, chevrons
Low relief decorative panels
Stepped or set back front facade
Strips of windows with decorative spandrels
Reeding and fluting around doors and windows