When you're out looking for a commercial or residential property in Kingston, Ontario, you're going to find that there are a lot of architectural styles out there to choose from. There's the modern glass high rise style used in King West Condos and large, sprawling ranch homes with Spanish Colonial influences. But one of the most unique and interesting architectural styles you may come across is Art Deco. If you're not familiar with the style, you can learn more about it here so that you can decide if an Art Deco structure is something you'd be interested in.
Art Deco is a historic architectural style. You won't find many developers using it these days. Its roots trace back to Paris in the early 1900s and it exploded in popularity, even in North America, during the 1910s. It was more likely to be used on larger public or commercial buildings than residential Oakville real estate, but it continued to be used regularly until the outbreak of the Second World War. Nowadays, Art Deco is a way of harkening back to the glory days of the 1930s for many people.
Art Deco isn't just an architectural style. It affected the arts in all its forms (hence the name) from painting to film. The thing that was different about Art Deco was that its definition didn't include any specific structural features, rather, it was all about the aesthetics. Therefore it was possible to take an older building and renovate it into an Art Deco structure without any expensive modifications to its load bearing features. As you may have guessed, this makes it possible for you to turn any house for sale in Oshawa you can find into an Art Deco home if you wish.
Art Deco is known for its opulence, and was seen at the height of its popularity as the most stylish way to build. It was a reaction to the utilitarianism that was necessary during the war years (1914 to 1918) when resources were scarce. It's a celebration of a return to prosperity. Perhaps it will once again become popular on harbourfront condos once the recession is over. Art Deco buildings feature extra ornamentation and decoration, sweeping curves, and smooth materials like lacquered wood and bakelite to create a streamlined impression.
Some famous examples of the Art Deco style are the spire of the Empire State Building in New York City, the RMS Queen Mary passenger liner in Los Angeles, and the Guardian Building in Detroit. Many North American cities have older Art Deco theaters. This is the example you're most likely to find in Kingston Ontario MLS. Here in Kingston, you won't see many examples of Art Deco except in some of the rooms of the Hotel Belvedere.
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