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Commercial Buildings Style Guide

Listed below are several styles of commercial buildings that you can find not just in your area, but all over the country. Each style has a picture of a local building and a description of special characteristics of the style.

Art Deco
Art Moderne


Art Deco
DESCRIPTION:
This style was popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Art Deco buildings are very colorful and decorative, feature ornamentation with lots of geometric shapes and zig-zags. Influences on this style are as wide-ranged as ancient Egypt (Pharoah Tutankhamen's tomb was discovered in 1922) to Oriental art and cubism. The style began in France but America became the center of the artistic movement. Additional Art Deco influences came from Precolumbian art and architecture of the Americas. With steel frames, these sleek, steamlined buildings are more vertically-oriented than preceding building styles.Nationally-famous examples include the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Buildings in New York City.
LOCAL EXAMPLES:
Charlotte Water Works/Vest Station
Charlotte Coca-Cola Bottling Company Plant
Gateway Building
Art Moderne
DESCRIPTION:
The International Style began in Europe with the Bauhaus in Germany and spread worldwide. Its goal was to design simple buildings that served the basic needs of their users (applying the scientific method to art - breaking up artistic forms into their component parts and using those parts to build new art). Building forms were based on the cuve, triangle, and cone. A form of the International Style, Art Moderne buildings are very white and have generally no cornices or eaves. They often have flat roofs and smooth wall surfaces with little or no decoration.
LOCAL EXAMPLES:
Charlotte Water Works/Vest Station
Excelsior Club