Prudential House: High Finance in High Art Deco Style
Thank you to David Thompson of Art Deco Buildings blog for posting his photographs of the stunning Prudential House located at 55 York Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Notice the decorative frieze on either side of the doorway.
According to Art Deco Buildings, the skyscraper “was designed by architects Kaplan & Sprachman and completed in 1929.”
Harold Kaplan and Abraham Sprachman, Prudential House, Entrance. Toronto, Canada. Photo credit: David Thompson, 2013.
The Last New Year’s Eve for the Lenox Lounge
Lenox Lounge Exterior. Photographer unknown. Copyright 2012 Black Enterprise.
The club first opened as a speakeasy in 1929; Jazz greats such as Billie Holliday, Miles Davis and John Coltrane all played there. After the club’s heyday during the 1930s and 1940s, it fell into neglect until purchased by current owner Alvin Reed in 1988.1 “Reed restored the original Art Deco interior including the long mahogany bar, checkered black-and-white floor and the world famous Zebra Room. The bar’s interior was returned to its original condition and served as the setting for numerous television shows and films”1.
According to a report in the New York Daily News, Reed did not renew his lease after he learned that the rent would double to $20,000 a month. Reed will be taking the iconic sign with him and has trademarked the club’s name.1
Baker, C. (2012).Last Call at Lenox Lounge, Harlem’s Famed Jazz Club, Due to Rising Rents. Black Enterprise. http://www.blackenterprise.com/small-business/lenox-lounge-closing-harlem
Deco Art Glass Windows
When one thinks of art glass windows it’s usually the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany or Frank Lloyd Wright that comes to mind. Art Deco generally isn’t associated with leaded art glass windows. The work of René Lalique is more in keeping with typical Art Deco glass.
Australian photographer David Thompson, however, recently posted three marvelous examples of Art Deco glass windows that he discovered on a building in Moruya, New South Wales. We’re sharing one here; you can see more on David’s blog, Art Deco Buildings.
David Thompson, Art Deco Window in Moruya, New South Wales (2012). Copyright David Thompson.
Esquire Theatre, The ‘Classiest’ Movie House in Chicago
Our friends in the Windy City, designslinger, have devoted a recent post to the Esquire Theatre, located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The Esquire was designed by brothers architect William Pereira and designer Hal Pereira for the two younger Balaban brothers, Harry and Elmer. (You may be familiar with the elder brothers, motion picture business pioneers Abe and Barney of the Balaban and Katz Theatre Corporation.)
According to designslinger, in its day the 1400-seat Esquire, “with its streamline details and elegant appointments was dubbed the city’s ‘classiest’ movie house in Chicago.”
Incidentally William and Hal Pereiera, both enjoyed successful careers as Hollywood art directors. William was the production designer on the film noir classic, “This Gun for Hire" (1942) and also on "Jane Eyre" (1943)1. Hal worked on over 200 films and won an Academy Award in 1955 for his art direction on “The Rose Tattoo.” Hal also later served as one of the production designers on the long-running television series “Bonanza”2.
See more great photos and read the entire post on designslinger.com.
William and Hal Pereira, Esquire Theatre, Chicago, IL (1938). Photo: Copyright 2012 Designslinger.
- Wikipedia (2012). William Pereira. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Pereira
- Fandango.com (n.d.). Hal Pereira. http://www.fandango.com/halpereira/biography/p106081
Art Deco Treasure Hidden Away in New York City Post Office
Did you ever notice that some of the most gorgeous works of Twentieth Century art can often be found in the most unlikely places? One such example is the gorgeous Art Deco mural by Louis Lozowick that graces Manhattan’s 8th Avenue Post Office Building. Thank you to Scouting NY for bringing this treasure to our attention. Read more about the mural on scoutingny.com.
Louis Lozowick, Mural (circa 1930s), 8th Avenue United States Post Office Building, New York City.
Photo Credit: Copyright 2011 ScoutingNY.com
An Art Deco Masterpiece in the Bronx
Last October we shared a post from Art Deco Buildings on several Art Deco architectural details found in The Bronx. Scouting New York has recently discovered a masterpiece of an Art Deco apartment house in the Bronx. This building features an aquatic inspired exterior mosaic mural and two stunning Rene and CP Graves murals in the lobby.
For more background on this amazing building visit Grand Concourse.
Architect unknown, entrance, apartment house, 1150 Grand Concourse, (circa 1937), Bronx, NY.
Source: ScoutingNY.com http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7028/6618383711_f47eaf5414_o.jpg
Architect unknown, lobby apartment house, 1150 Grand Concourse, (circa 1937), Bronx, NY.
Source: ScoutingNY.com http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7175/6628828031_db2fbe5cff_o.jpg
It’s All in the Details: Art Deco in the Bronx
Art Deco Buildings Blog has posted some fine examples of Art Deco architectural design in the Bronx. First off is the Herman Ridder Junior High School designed by Walter C Martin and dates from 1929-31. See more photos and read the entire post.
Tiles, Herman Ridder Junior High School, Bronx, NY (1929-1931), Walter C. Martin, Architect.
Next, is an apartment building on The Grand Concourse. A frieze on the facade is shown below. Read more about the building.
Tiles, Apartment House, Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY, architect and date unknown.
Paul Manship, Paul J. Rainey Memorial Gate (1934), Bronx Zoo.
Delano Hotel, Miami Beach
This photo taken by Australian photographer David Thompson shows the Ritz Plaza Hotel (1940) L Murray Dixon, architect on the left, with Robert Swartburg’s Delano Hotel (1947) at Miami’s South Beach.
Photo: David Thompson. Ritz Plaza Hotel (1940) at left and Delano Hotel (1947) on right, South Beach, Miami, FL.
Visit David Thompson’s Art Deco Buildings blog for more on the Delano Hotel.