american art deco architecture


Tropical Art Deco Motifs

South Beach Architecture

Marine Carrington, photographs by Bruce Carrington

Page Publishing, New York 2016,

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Marine Carrington, an art deco enthusiast, and author, has completed her new book “Tropical Art Deco Motifs”: a gripping and captivating work of photography, architecture and history.Originally from the French Riviera, Marine’s eye for architectural ornamentation subsequently began in the early 1970’s while walking the streets of Paris, France. Her exposure to Art Deco, Belle Époque and Art Nouveau structures and objects enhanced her appreciation of the refined and detailed embellishments of architectural decoration.Her special interest in American Art Deco design themes began with her migration to South Beach in 1995 where she discovered the Historic Art Deco District of Miami Beach.Intrigued by the originality and artistic quality of building facades in her South Beach neighborhood, Marine embarked on a quest to compile the best design themes and to establish a photographic preservation of these exceptional motifs in a book to share with other enthusiasts.

Photographer Bruce Carrington began his photographic interest in high school with a simple Polaroid camera in the 1960’s. Over the years he has developed his own style and technique utilizing more advanced cameras and lenses.Bruce always approached photography primarily as a fun adventure to locate and capture special subjects in architecture and nature.He has collected over 5000 tropical Art Deco images while riding his bicycle throughout South Beach. In search of these sometimes hidden architectural treasures Bruce discovered a plethora of unique images on private villas and buildings.

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Art Deco Historic District- Miami, USA

Boasting colourful buildings, detailed designs, and great history, Miami’s Art Deco Historic District is located between 5th Street and 23rd Street, along Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue. The district is made up of over 800 buildings, that were built from 1923 to 1943, during the golden era of the Art Deco Movement. This is the first 20th century neighbourhood to be listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.  

After decades of being neglected, and under the threat of demolition, the neighbourhood was restored and revived, thanks to campaigning by local Miami resident Barbara Baer Capitman. Capitman founded a not-for-profit organisation, The Miami Design Preservation League, that promoted protecting the Art Deco buildings in Miami. The League also run walking tours of the area. 


Highlights of a few of the Architectural masterpieces in Buffalo and its environs. Top and bottom photos are of the Our Lady of Victory Bascilica; one of several gems of the Frank Lloyd Wright and Frederick Law Olmsted, both created multiple buildings and parks/parkways; then the stunning Art Deco City Hall of Buffalo.


This is my new Blog, a tribute to my favorite architectonic and pictorial style, The art Deco, also named Style 25. Since Collage I started to feel very attracted to this visual art and design style in my Art History classes. 

Now I pay a tribute to Art Deco in this tumblog, I will be posting all the greatness and majesty of this art style. I hope you enjoy it as I will.

And let’s get started…

So, here we have, one of my personal favorite buildings, the “American Radiator Buiding”, since renamed to “American Standard Building” . It’s a landmark skyscraper located in New York, designed by  John Howells and Raymond Hood in 1924 and built for the American Radiator Company.

Black brick was used on the frontage of the building, symbolizing coal, was selected to give an idea of solidity and to give the building a solid mass. Other parts of the facade were covered in gold bricks, symbolizing fire, and the entry was decorated with marble and black mirrors.  Rene Paul Chambellan were employed by Howells and Hood for the ornamentation and sculptures.

The 18-story Associated Press Building (Associated Architects, 1938) in foreground and the 70-story R.C.A Building (Associated Architects, 1933) at background in Rockefeller Center in 1940.

Foto: Rockefeller Center, Inc.

Source: Walter Karp, “The Center. A History and Guide to Rockefeller Center” (New York. American Heritage Publishing Company. 1982).