Art Deco and Moderne (1925-1945)
As American architects embraced Modernism during the Roaring Twenties, the decorative Art Deco style emerged. The new style broke revivalist traditions, and stressed hard-edged geometric compositions with vertical emphasis. Hallmarks of the Art Deco style include stepped facades, zigzags, and stylized ornamentation.
During the Great Depression, Art Moderne developed as an offshoot of popular Art Deco style. Art Moderne buildings had rounded corners with curved glass windows, horizontal bands of windows, smooth walls, and flat roofs. The resulting streamlined effect remained popular until World War II.
Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, Sioux City, IA
Isaac Baker & Son Clothing Store, Erie, PA
James T. Foley U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, Albany, NY
Old Federal Building, Seattle, WA
U.S. Custom House, Philadelphia, PA