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Art deco and modernist aesthetics made themselves felt in home designs during the 1930s. Modernist houses had smooth wall surfaces generally of stucco, flat roofs, asymmetrical facades, and often horizontal grooves or lines. Many incorporated the modern emphasis on curves and continuous round corners. Typically these homes had small windows. International Style homes also had flat roofs and smooth, unornamented walls but none of the detailing of art deco buildings. In many International Style houses walls were not used for structural support but were instead more like curtains hung over a structural steel skeleton. Freeing exterior walls from structural demand permitted greater variation in the exteriors, such as long ribbons of windows, some of which wrapped around the building's corners, and large floor-to-ceiling plate-glass windows. These homes were rare and avant-garde, mostly clustered in fashionable suburbs in the northeastern states and in California.

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