Deco by the Bay: Art Deco Architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area

Deco by the Bay: Art Deco Architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area

With lavish color plates and itineraries and maps for nine tours of the Bay Area, this beautiful book is a stunning and authoritative guide to Deco beauty in San Francisco. 150 color plates.

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2 thoughts on “Deco by the Bay: Art Deco Architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area

  1. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Enjoyable intro to Art Deco and record of SF architecture, May 28, 2000
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    Shasta’s D (San Francisco, CA USA) –

    This is my first Art Deco architecture book and I found it to be a perfect introduction to this design movement. The book has multiple color photos on almost every page and is organized nicely. A few of the photos are fuzzy, but this did not detract from my enjoyment. In fact it inspired me (as a novice) to go out, look up, and photograph the architecture around me. And I find myself looking at buildings that I admired prior to reading the book in a new light.
    Several local walks are listed in the second half of the book (along with photos to enjoy if you can’t make it yourself) as well as a list of Art Deco societies around the country (some sponsor walks and events).

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  2. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent resource for Deco fans, May 20, 2012
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    Jacia

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    This review is from: Deco by the Bay: Art Deco Architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area (Paperback)
    This is an excellent resource for Deco fans. Like Shasta D. said, some of the photos are fuzzy but the walking tours more than make up for it. Given the book was published in 1995, I give it a bit of slack. As an architectural photographer myself however, the entire point of Art Deco is the idealized pursuit of perfection and the author should have a) hired a professional photographer or b) learned to take quality photos. Some are just awful. That aside, the book is written by an architectural historian who is very knowledgeable. I admit it is rare to find a historian AND photographer in one so it is understandable and forgivable, especially in ’95. If the book was published nowadays, better photos would be required. (The professional photographer he did use for some photos is fantastic, but that makes the crappy ones the author took even more obvious.)

    The walking tours (by neighborhood) are absolutely an awesome addition for a first-time San Fran visitor like myself. I leave tomorrow for the trip and I feel empowered now that I know where they are. The buildings are listed by address, but in an ideal world, there would be a small thumbnail for each building so one could prioritize which buildings to make a pilgrimage to.

    I recommend the book to any Deco enthusiast. I myself am a Deco book collector, and for the [used] price here on Amazon, it is well worth it.

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