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Art Deco Architecture

Art Deco style became a major style of architecture and related fields such as furniture, design, and fine art from 1920s to 1930s of numerous American cities, including New York (Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, and Radio City Music Hall), Chicago (Carbide & Carbon Building, Century Tower, and Civic Opera House), Los Angeles (Bullocks Wilshire, Eastern Columbia Building, and Garfield Building), and Detroit (David Stott Building, Fox Theatre, and Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts). It also appeared in cities of Ohio such as Cincinnati, Cleveland, Akron, Dayton, and Zanesville. These Art Deco buildings become landmarks of their respective cities. The origin of Art Deco was the 1925 L'Exposition Internationale des Artes Decoratifs et Industriels Moderne in Paris.

The former Ohio Power Company building, which locates at 604 Main St. of downtown Zanesville, is a typical Art Deco style building and is on the National Register of Historic Places of America. It features many of the general characteristics of Art Deco. For instance, upward feeling; vertical lines; as well as combination of modern, geometric patterns and graceful, flowing shapes. It is the "finest example, indeed one of only three examples of Art Deco architecture in the city" and "the interior treatment using the smooth, shiny surface of the locally produced tile is another characteristic of the Art Deco mode found in this structure." (Ohio Historic Places Dictionary, p. 1105.)

Click the thumbnails to view larger photos of Art Deco style characteristics of 604 Main. St. Zanesville, OH.



Click the thumbnails to view larger photos of Art Deco style featured in other North American cities.

Cleveland,Union Terminal Columbus, The LeVeque Tower Columbus, The LeVeque Tower New York, Chrysler Building New York, Chrysler Building