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America 1930-1939: Fashion Research Article from American Decades

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Streamline Moderne architecture also utilized the symbolism of speed and efficiency popularized by fast motorcars, airplanes, and trains. Many architects incorporated mechanically perfect curves at the corners of buildings, cylindrical helix stairs, circular windows, and spherical knobs into their buildings. The Philadelphia Savings Fund Society building was one of the first and most exciting examples of Streamline Moderne architecture. Designed by George Howe in 1932, it was one of the first skyscrapers to use ribbon windows that folded around the corners of the building. This skyscraper solved a chronic problem of tall buildings: how to make the towering surface planes pleasing to the eye. Taking inspiration from the machine, Howe's answer was minimalist. The giant building's ornamentation was sculptural and formal: by means of sharp, thin detailing, the masonry veneer of polished granite, limestone, and smooth brick appeared as a continuous skin. Together with the curving...

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