If this architectural style makes you think of The Great Gatsby or the roaring twenties, you have the right time period in mind. Art Deco was a popular but short-lived style that influenced graphic design, typeface design, art, fashion, furniture, and of course, architecture. Though it was not popular for long, Art Deco’s unique characteristics make these buildings easy to spot when compared to their contemporary neighbors.
Art Deco gets its name from the general Decorative Arts movements and was first found in the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris, France. Its translation to architecture first became popular in the early 1900s in Europe but became an international phenomenon in the 1920s and