Moderne architecture

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Club Moderne, Anaconda, Montana. Designed by Fred F. Willson, 1937.
1430 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida, on a c. 1940 postcard.

Moderne architecture, also sometimes referred to as "Style Moderne" or simply "Moderne", describes certain styles of architecture[1] popular from 1925 through the 1940s.

It has expression in styles traditionally classified as Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, and PWA Moderne. Architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson characterized the style of "Moderne" by the eclectic coexistence of "traditionalism and modernism".[2] The Moderne style of architecture appears as a descriptor in documentation of many buildings listed by the United States of America's National Register of Historic Places.[3]

Streamline Moderne[edit]

Some Moderne architecture may be classified as Streamline Moderne, an evolution of Art Deco architecture which peaked in popularity circa 1937. Streamline Moderne can refer to land-based architecture, such as the Normandie Hotel, which show curved, shiplike forms and styling. This follows the water-based adaption of Art Deco decorative style and architecture to passenger ships, such as the SS Normandie. Other Streamline Moderne architecture does not reflect any maritime-oriented themes. Streamline moderne usually uses the colour white.


  1. ^ Sharp, Dennis, ed. (2002). Twentieth Century Architecture: A Visual History. Images Publishing. p. 110. ISBN 9781864700855. Retrieved 2013-11-10. Another brand of modernism had also grown up parallel with the work of the avant-garde architects, deriving from the Paris Exhibition of Decorative Arts held in Paris in 1925. [...] Nowadays, this parallel style is referred to under the terms 'Art Deco' or 'Moderne' or 'Jazz Age Modern' [...]. [I]t gained a world-wide currency and a measure of popular success.
  2. ^ Wilson, Richard Guy (2002). Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont. Oxford University Press. p. 519.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.