Art Deco made its formal appearance in Paris at the 1925 L Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, a showcase for art, architecture, and design that promoted progress, modernity, and the present. The greatest export from this exhibition was a style that has since been recognized as one of the great design movements of the 20th century. Art Deco s growing recognition coincided with the growth of Los Angeles as the entertainment capital. Between world wars, the city s architecture sprouted characteristic signs of Art Deco: the interplay of vertical and horizontal features, geometric shapes, use of exotic and modern materials, as well as simplified streamlined forms. This volume s marvelous collection of images celebrates Los Angeles s Art Deco heritage, showcasing such structures as Bullock s Wilshire, Sunset Tower, the Oviatt Penthouse, the Wiltern and Pantages Theatres, and many, many more.
Amy Ronnebeck Hall, Frank E Cooper Jr, Suzanne Tarbell Cooper