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Art Moderne – popular 1920-1940


Home on Kenneth Avenue, Sauganash Historic District, Chicago, IL

Photo: Home on North Kenneth Avenue, ca. 1937, Sauganash Historic District, Chicago, IL. Photographer not listed, 2007, for historic district nomination document, NR #10000310, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.

Art Moderne [1]

Inspired by streamlined industrial design, the Art Moderne style developed following Art Deco in the 1930s. Rather than building upon elements of the past as Art Deco had, Art Moderne was an attempt to create a glimpse into an exciting future during the Great Depression. The style is characterized by horizontal lines and rounded corners designed to simulate a feeling of movement. Architects also borrowed many elements directly from the transportation industry, such as chrome, and circular windows. Because it was based on already familiar designs, Art Moderne was more accepted as a residential style. In addition, Art Moderne lent itself well to remodeling projects, allowing budget-conscious consumers to update their homes in the latest style.

  1. Katie Macica and Stella Ress, Loyola University Chicago, Sauganash Historic District, Cook County, IL, nomination document, 2010, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.
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