These tourist posters imagine a world where classic Art Deco buildings were the centerpiece of any city’s tourism campaign.
You’ve almost certainly noticed the Art Deco style in any major city you’ve been too. The architectural style was rampant throughout America in the ‘20s and ‘30s, and it made for some truly spectacular structures.
Art Deco emerged from France shortly after World War 1. The name comes from the French Arts Décoratifs, which literally translates to “decorative art.” And it’s appropriate: the style is characterized by bright colors, exotic style, rare and expensive materials, and technically difficult craftsmanship. In Art Deco, there’s never a plain flat surface: everything is a canvas on which the architect places fanciful and intricate designs.
A staple of the roaring ‘20s, the style faded quietly and then finally died out with the advent of World War 2. But buildings in the Art Deco style still survive to this day, hallmarks of an age when opulence, luxury, and glamor where so prevalent that people thought it would never go away--until it did.
These posters from Home Advisor show a world that might have been, where Art Deco not only survived but became a calling card for a city’s tourism.
Our first poster depicts the Chicago Opera Building built in 1929. It was designed by Samuel Insull, who made the whole thing look kind of like a chair. Hence it was sometimes given the nickname “Shull’s Throne.” Inside is a 3,563-seat opera house with massive chandeliers and gilt cornices.
Next is the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Previously known as just Union Terminal, the building has evolved from its original purpose as a central train station. After train use declined following World War 2, it looked like the historic site would be demolished from disuse. However, it was given a new lease on life and turned into a historic building in 1977.
Today, Union Terminal houses museums, theaters, a library, and various pop-up exhibits beneath the largest half-dome in the western hemisphere. On the outside, Union Terminal has two bas-relief carvings representing transportation and commerce, while on the inside is a massive mural that depicts the history of Cincinnati,
Check out the rest over on Home Advisor and be amazed at this architectural style that we wish had never gone away.