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Open Book: Im­ages from Art Deco Ar­chi­tec­ture across Canada. Re­views: Agony in stone. Frat­er­niz­ing with the many. Shar­ing the bur­den. More books: Where the buf­falo roam, bor­der cross­ings, civil war Mon­treal, Ja­panese-Cana­dian dis­pos­ses­sion.

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.

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