I admit this is an unusual building to be featured on a blog about Art Deco buildings but if you've been following this blog for any time you'll know that my definition of Art Deco is the widest possible definition and I even stray from that on occasions.
This is Edificio Otto Wulf at Avenida Belgrano, 601 in Buenos Aires. Designed by Morten F Rönnow it was built between 1912 and 1914.
The skyscraperpage.com lists the building as Art Nouveau which fits the time of its construction and while I can see Nouveau elements I would have placed the style of the building as older.
Then again, I can see areas where the decoration has be simplified using geometric shapes as I would expect to see on an Art Deco building from the 1920s. And the row of large figures on the third storey façade would be very much at home in the Deco period.
MELBOURNE ART DECO
In 2009 Robin Grow published a book on Melbourne Art Deco, with images largely supplied by David Thompson. The book quickly sold out and he is pleased to say that it has now been re-published by Brolga Press, with updates, errors corrected and a new cover.
Best of all, it is selling for about $25 in the shops and on-line. Art Deco & Modernism Society members can purchase a copy from me for $22, (includes postage within Australia). For overseas orders please email for postage rates. Contact me at email@example.com if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.