Vancouver Art Deco

Forbidden Vancouver showcases and celebrates Vancouver's most awe-inspiring art deco buildings. Art deco was an architectural style popularized in the roaring twenties that continued through the 1930s and 1940s. It was characterized by rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation. #Vancouver #ArtDeco #Architecture #1920s
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The Hollywood Theatre on Kitsilano’s Broadway was built in 1935, at the height of the Great Depression. Very little else was built in the city that year. Designed by Harold Cullerne, the Hollywood is a streamlined concrete Art Deco theatre notable for hieroglyphic decorations on its roof-line, a ticket booth decorated in black and gold tile and colourful neon signage. Before its closure 2011, the Hollywood was the oldest family-owned and operated cinema in Canada. (Photo courtesy of Angus…

The Hollywood Theatre on Kitsilano’s Broadway was built in 1935, at the height of the Great Depression. Very little else was built in the city that year. Designed by Harold Cullerne, the Hollywood is a streamlined concrete Art Deco theatre notable for hieroglyphic decorations on its roof-line, a ticket booth decorated in black and gold tile and colourful neon signage. Before its closure 2011, the Hollywood was the oldest family-owned and operated cinema in Canada. (Photo courtesy of Angus…

The Marine Building is one of Downtown Vancouver's art deco gems. Built in 1929, the Marine Building opened in 1930. It was the tallest building in the city for nearly a decade. (Photo by Leonard Frank, via Vancouver Archives)

The Marine Building is one of Downtown Vancouver's art deco gems. Built in the Marine Building opened in It was the tallest building in the city for nearly a decade. (Photo by Leonard Frank, via Vancouver Archives)

The Stanley Theatre is an Art Deco beauty on South Granville Street. Originally opened in 1931 as a cinema and vaudeville venue, today The Stanley hosts productions by the Arts Club Theatre Company.

The Stanley Theatre is an Art Deco beauty on South Granville Street. Originally opened in 1931 as a cinema and vaudeville venue, today The Stanley hosts productions by the Arts Club Theatre Company.

Built by brewer, rum-runner and bon vivant George C. Reifel in 1930, the Commodore Ballroom is an iconic Vancouver venue. A great example of early Art Deco, the Commodore boasts ornate brickwork, terra cotta decoration and miniature minarets. Its cornice is reminiscent of ancient Islamic architecture found in southern Spain and the Middle East. (Photo: 1950, via Vancouver Public Library)

Art Deco Vancouver - the Commodore boasts ornate brickwork, terra cotta decorations and miniature minarates.

CIty Hall is of the great art deco buildings in Vancouver. Built in 1935, it was, in part, a make-work project during the Great Depression, similar to the Lions Gate Bridge. It was built in a remarkable 330 days at the cost of $1 million. (Photo: 1937, via Vancouver Archives)

Vancouver Art Deco buildings: Vancouver was home to many beautiful structures that typified the Art Deco architectural period.

Gotham Steakhouse is a miniature Art Deco gem built in 1933. At the time of its construction, the city was in the depths of the Great Depression. Little else was built that year. According to architect Max Downing, the cornice is intended to resemble a waterfall. Today the building is occupied by Gotham Steakhouse, who have added to the building’s Art Deco aesthetic with time-period relevant illustrations of vaudeville star Josephine Baker on the windows. (Photo by Will Woods)

Vancouver Art Deco buildings: Vancouver was home to many beautiful structures that typified the Art Deco architectural period.

"A Symphony of Steel and Concrete" ran one headline when the Burrard Bridge was opened by mayor L.D. Taylor in 1932. The bridge is a beautiful example of art deco architecture. (Photo: Bridge Opening, July 1, 1939, via Vancouver Archives)

"A Symphony of Steel and Concrete" ran one headline when the Burrard Bridge was opened by mayor L. Taylor in The bridge is a beautiful example of art deco architecture. (Photo: Bridge Opening, July via Vancouver Archives)

The Power Block is located near the intersection of Granville and Robson streets. The Power Block’s main building was originally a saloon, built in 1888; an Art Deco façade was added to the structure in 1929. The façade is an excellent example of early Art Deco, rich in ancient Egyptian details. (Photo courtesy Vancouver Heritage Society Flickr)

Vancouver Art Deco buildings: Vancouver was home to many beautiful structures that typified the Art Deco architectural period.

Constructed in 1929, the Georgia Medical Dental building  was 15 stories high and adorned with statues of gargoyles and First World War nurses. It was demolished in 1989 under the auspices of being too expensive to bring up to code. Cathedral Place, the structure that currently occupies the site, has replicas of the original building’s statues. Map indicates building's former location. (Photo: 1940s, via Vancouver Archives)

900 block West Georgia Street, Northside, taken from the driveway of the second Hotel Vancouver. From left to right: Georgia Medical-Dental Building, Devonshire Hotel, and Hotel Georgia. Source: City of Vancouver Archives

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