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Since the 1920s, Art Deco, or "The Modern Style," has delighted people with its innovative use of materials and designs that capture the spirit of optimism to create the style of the future. Although the Detroit metro area is primarily known as an industrial region, it boasts some of the finest examples of Art Deco in the country. Art Deco in Detroit explores the wide-rang Since the 1920s, Art Deco, or "The Modern Style," has delighted people with its innovative use of materials and designs that capture the spirit of optimism to create the style of the future. Although the Detroit metro area is primarily known as an industrial region, it boasts some of the finest examples of Art Deco in the country. Art Deco in Detroit explores the wide-ranging variety of these architectural marvels, from world-famous structures like the Fisher and Penobscot Buildings, to commercial buildings, theaters, homes, and churches. Through a panorama of photographs, authors Rebecca Binno Savage and Greg Kowalski take readers on a fascinating tour of this influential movement and its manifestations in and around Detroit. The grandeur evident in some of the major buildings reflects a time when artisans and architects collaborated to craft structures that transcend functionality-they endure as standing works of art.


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Since the 1920s, Art Deco, or "The Modern Style," has delighted people with its innovative use of materials and designs that capture the spirit of optimism to create the style of the future. Although the Detroit metro area is primarily known as an industrial region, it boasts some of the finest examples of Art Deco in the country. Art Deco in Detroit explores the wide-rang Since the 1920s, Art Deco, or "The Modern Style," has delighted people with its innovative use of materials and designs that capture the spirit of optimism to create the style of the future. Although the Detroit metro area is primarily known as an industrial region, it boasts some of the finest examples of Art Deco in the country. Art Deco in Detroit explores the wide-ranging variety of these architectural marvels, from world-famous structures like the Fisher and Penobscot Buildings, to commercial buildings, theaters, homes, and churches. Through a panorama of photographs, authors Rebecca Binno Savage and Greg Kowalski take readers on a fascinating tour of this influential movement and its manifestations in and around Detroit. The grandeur evident in some of the major buildings reflects a time when artisans and architects collaborated to craft structures that transcend functionality-they endure as standing works of art.

30 review for Art Deco in Detroit

  1. 5 out of 5

    dejah_thoris

    Compared to Santa's Village, this review should really be 3.5 stars as the material covered is incredibly dense and detailed. Repurposed from an Art Deco slideshow on Detroit, this book features numerous examples of various sub-styles and building types that reflect Art Deco styling at its height. Some stellar examples just outside Detroit are included too as is an entire section on buildings that have been demolished or left for ruin. Overall, an excellent resource for those interested in our n Compared to Santa's Village, this review should really be 3.5 stars as the material covered is incredibly dense and detailed. Repurposed from an Art Deco slideshow on Detroit, this book features numerous examples of various sub-styles and building types that reflect Art Deco styling at its height. Some stellar examples just outside Detroit are included too as is an entire section on buildings that have been demolished or left for ruin. Overall, an excellent resource for those interested in our native architecture and certainly a compelling argument for preserving these buildings and monuments for years to come. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the ebook (ePub version) features high-resolution photos, which allow for easy zooming and manipulation so you can see the smallest detail even when the photos within the text are tiny. Note: This book can be a bit overwhelming for those not super-compelled to the subject. I normally read each book in this series straight-through in one reading but I found myself fidgeting after examining building after building for the first few chapters. Detroit has some EXCELLENT architectural history and I truly adore the work that has been done to preserve it but this subject can get a bit boring too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    This is a perfectly adequate book, a comprehensive descriptive collection of residential and commercial structures throughout Detroit's vast metropolitan area. Were I a bigger fan of art deco, I'd have given it another star. Some Arcadia books are written with a broader understanding of history, not just a laundry listing. Admittedly I'm spoiled, there are hundreds of art deco structures around. Very nice. Been here. Done that.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Juan Carlos

    Focused too heavily on buildings on the East side of the city when there are also great Art Deco examples on the West and Southwest sides. Also had too many structures from the suburbs, probably about half of the book, and a few mentioned were not even Art Deco examples.

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    Peter

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