Art Deco Across Canada
February 9th, 1:00-3:00 pm
You may be surprised to learn that the Art Deco style of architecture, exemplified by New York Cityʼs Chrysler Building or Miami Beachʼs pastel-coloured hotels, was also prevalent in Canada between the mid-1920s and the early 1950s. In the major centres of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, but also in smaller cities and towns from St. Johnʼs to Victoria, one can still find buildings that display the jazzy verticality, sleek streamlining or modernized classicism of this globally influential style of design.
In this illustrated talk, Tim Morawetz will introduce the Art Deco style of architecture, then show examples of buildings – from skyscrapers to cinemas, firehalls to factories – that continue to enrich our built environment today.
Tim Morawetz has been passionate about Art Deco architecture for more than three decades. He has attended and lectured at several World Congresses on Art Deco®; has travelled across Canada and internationally to photograph Deco buildings; and led walking tours of Art Deco buildings in downtown Toronto as part of ArtsWeek for 15 years. In 2009, he wrote and selfpublished Art Deco Architecture in Toronto: A guide to the cityʼs buildings from the Roaring Twenties and the Depression that has sold over 1,400 copies and won an Award of Merit at the 2010 Heritage Toronto Awards. Tim is currently working on a second book about Art Deco architecture across Canada.