Since its inception, Arts Décoratifs — also known as Art Deco — has been a symbol of luxury and exuberance. Art Deco style embraces everything from the vibrant colors of Fauvism to the ornate design of Persia, and we’re here to help you master it. To truly know your stuff, you’ll want to check out these 12 Art Deco buildings from around the globe.
EASTERN COLUMBIA BUILDING IN LOS ANGELES
Often called the “Jewel of Downtown”, the Eastern Columbia Building was built at a time when L.A. enforced a height limit of 150 feet, but they made an exception for the glamorous clock tower.
HOUSE OF HUNGARIAN ART NOUVEAU IN BUDAPEST
Once a private home, this museum circa-1903 now displays an impressive collection of Art Nouveau furniture and objects.
CHRYSLER BUILDING IN NEW YORK CITY
One of the most well-known examples of Art Deco-style architecture in the world, and was the world’s tallest building before the Empire State Building surpassed it in 1931.
PALMOLIVE BUILDING IN CHICAGO
This historic Chicago landmark was once known as the Playboy Building after Playboy Enterprises purchased it in 1965.
PALAIS DE LA MEDITERRANÉE IN NICE, FRANCE
Now a luxury hotel complex, the intricate structure was originally built in 1929 for American millionaire Frank Jay Gould.
BRYANT PARK HOTEL IN NEW YORK CITY
This landmark skyscraper features black bricks, symbolizing coal, and gold bricks, symbolizing fire.
BREAKWATER IN SOUTH BEACH IN MIAMI
This 99-room historic Art Deco boutique hotel was surprisingly designed by a Yugoslavian architect named Anton Skislewicz.
CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE BUILDING
This skyscraper from the 1930s is an official National Historic Landmark.
LANGHAM YANGTZE BOUTIQUE IN SHANGHAI
This premium Art Deco boutique hotel dates back to 1934, but saw a $30 million renovation in 2009.
NBC TOWER IN CHICAGO
It might be surprising to discover that the NBC Tower was actually completed in 1989, which is why it is considered one of the best reproductions of Art Deco style in the world.
BROOKLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
The central library for the Brooklyn public library system, this circa-1912 building was originally designed in a Beaux Arts style. A redesign in the 1930s gave the structure its Art Deco ornamentation.
FINE ARTS PALACE IN MEXICO CITY
While the exterior of the Palacio de Bellas Artes is primarily designed in Neoclassical and Art Nouveau-style, the interiors are Art Deco, defined by the beautiful murals by Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros.