Art Deco Architecture Across Canada
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The first-ever compilation of Canadian Art Deco-style buildings located in big cities and small towns, this 320-page book provides a unique portrait of what life was like in Canada between the late 1920s and the early 1950s. More than 150 works of architecture are featured in the book, ranging from high-profile office towers, city halls and department stores, to apartment buildings and private homes, churches and neighbourhood movie theatres. It contains nearly 450 colour photos and over 100 black-and-white period photos, each with detailed captions that explain the architectural and decorative features of each structure. Informative and entertaining stories, written in a friendly and accessible style, accompany each of the buildings. The book touches on the exploits of such legendary Canadian entrepreneurs as cookie-maker William Mellis Christie, grocery merchant Theodore Pringle Loblaw, and media magnate Roy Thomson, and explains, for instance, how Ireland's Guinness family shaped the skyline of Vancouver, how the legendary retail chain T. Eaton Company elevated the experience of shopping, and how the country's federal, provincial and municipal politicians influenced the appearance of its public-sector buildings. It also delves into the rich history of some of the country's landmark sports and entertainment venues. Includes a comprehensive definition of Art Deco architecture, thorough indexes, helpful glossary, and extensive bibliography. The Foreword was written by Alastair Duncan, a worldwide authority on Art Deco. Ideal for those interested in Canadian history, Art Deco Architecture Across Canada is an essential resource for heritage enthusiasts and local historians passionate about preserving the rich legacy of this era. Nominated in the 'Historical Writing: Book' category at 2018 Heritage Toronto Awards.