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Art Deco emerged as a popular style of American architecture the 1920s and 1930s. The style originated as a visual art movement in France at the beginning of the 20th Century. It was widely seen at the 1925 Paris exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts and the 1933-1934 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago. Art Deco architecture, sculpture, decorative arts and functional objects all flourished in the United States during this time.

While Art Deco designs vary widely, buildings are often characterized by:

  • Vertical lines
  • Building setbacks
  • Terra cotta
  • Bright colors
  • Abstract geometric ornamentation