Category: skyscraper

Art Deco beauty in Philadelphia

This is a detail from the 1929/1930 (different sources give different dates for completion) skyscraper in downtown Philadelphia.  It has been converted from an office building to a Marriot Hotel.  Ritter & Shay were the architects.

The panels beautifully express the boldness, originality,and exuberance of the Art Deco—-at the beginning of the Great Depression.Market Street Nat. Bank.jpg

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Minoru Yamasaki’s weird 1200 Brickell Ave., Miami

Yamasaki, along with Edward Durrell Stone, designed some of the most unusual skyscrapers.

Often vaguely gothic, Yamasaki was trying to add a human scale or visual interest to these buildings.

Maybe, Yamasaki, Stone, and Morris Lapidus were the first post-modernists.Yamasaki

(c)Bill Lebovich,all rights reserved,2014