ARCHITECTURE: Art Deco

“The Great Gatsby” has just arrived in movie theaters and we have to celebrate. Set during the roaring 1920’s when Art Deco was ruling the world as one of the most dramatic styles, it is a film we shouldn’t miss. And not just for the costumes…

Text: Mary Giatra

 

The latest film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”, set in 1922 is an amazing production. The jazz age was vivid, opulent and highly dramatic. Parties, jazz clubs, flapper girls and speakeasies were ruling the capitals of the world.

At the same time, art, music, literature, cinema, architecture, were thriving gloriously. The era’s defining style was Art Deco. With its characteristic bold geometry, black and gold combinations, and a generous touch of drama it became the style of the era, so successful that it went on during the 1930’s and 40’s.

We chose some of the most magnificent examples of Art Deco Architecture for you. Have a look!

Stills from the movie


Set from the movie


Niagara Mohawk Building (1932), 
Syracuse, New York

Eastern Columbia Building (1930), Los Angeles


Griffith Observatory (1935), 
Los Angeles


Folies Bergère (1869), 
Paris


Chrysler Building (1930), 
New York City


Rockefeller Center (1939), 
New York City


Colony Hotel (1935), 
Miami

photos via Architizer