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In his second book about art deco architecture, Tim Morawetz shares the results of three decades of work documenting and photographing the country’s buildings. Art Deco Archi
tecture Across Canada: Stories of the Country’s Buildings between the Two World Wars includes over 400 photographs — most of them made by Morawetz, but also rare archival images — that portray the rich legacy of Canadian architecture and design from the early part of the twentieth century.
The book shows homes and residential buildings as well as a great variety of public and commercial buildings that incorporate elements of art deco style. Morawetz begins by explaining the material, sculptural, and decorative elements that characterize art deco and then describes some 150 buildings along with many of their marvellous details.
In the process, he shows not only where but also how Canadians lived, worked, travelled, and enjoyed themselves, particularly between the late 1920s and early 1950s. While highlighting remarkable structures and craftsmanship, Art Deco Architecture Across Canada is also a story of Canadians’ lives and aspirations as reflected in elegant and inventive designs. — Phil Koch
Above: The main facade of the Hogan Bath in Montreal uses step-back massing and vertical grooves. Top left: A brass detail in the elevator of the Federal Building in Regina is an example of the frozen-fountain motif. Bottom left: Semicircular scalloped aluminum panels crown the vertical window strips of the limestone frontispiece of Calgary’s Barron Building. Bottom right: The corner of the Eaton’s department store in Montreal offers a late example of the streamlined moderne style.