Art Deco

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Art Deco was popular from 1925 through 1940, and relied on ornamentation, though to a much lesser degree than Beaux Arts. An important feature of this style is a series of set-backs on a typical faηade. Ornamentation usually surrounds the doorways and windows. Buildings of this style frequently have an angular or hard edge composition and usually, though not always, feature a vertical orientation. Local designers generally preferred this style over the International Style, which was also prevalent at the same time. York buildings designed with an Art Deco flair include the York Telephone & Telegraph Building on South Beaver Street and Reineberg's Shoes.

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