'Art Déco' is a label applied to a design style that became wildly popular during the 1920s & '30s. Art Déco style and design features can be found throughout Newark - if you know where to look!
1. Feeling Peckish
Lee Nixon: Displaying a local interpretation of Art Déco in the upper lights of the windows, added at a later date as an interesting contrast to the 18th Century frontage.
Lee Nixon: When this building was converted into The Savoy cinema in 1935, the tall triangular window was installed along with the horizontal banding.
3. Marks & Spencer
Lee Nixon: Displaying one of the most popular Art Déco motifs - a 'sunburst' on the raised parapet.
4. Burton Menswear
Lee Nixon: The three central windows above the frontage display 'sunbursts' and stylised papyrus fronds. This upper floor was originally used as a dance hall.
5. Birds The Confectioners
Lee Nixon: Refurbished in 2008, the Art Déco style frontage retains much of the original 'Vitriolite' surround and timber upper screen.
6. Cope Jewellers
Lee Nixon: The first floor window of this building is a stylish Art Déco addition to the 1830s frontage. Looks a little out of place with it's decorative frame and geometric glazing.
7. Odeon Cinema
Lee Nixon: Recently built, the design of the central tower is reminiscent of Art Déco design sometimes referred to as 'Odeon Style', after the Odeon cinemas of the 1920s and '30s.
8. Newark College
Lee Nixon: The imposing central entrance block of the college, opened in 1931, is a great example of the period's style. Classical columns, triangular pediment and bronze windows are all present.
9. A.G. & D. Richards
Lee Nixon: Missed by most people, the front and door of this Optometrist are of Art Déco design.
Lee Nixon: A great Art Déco building, particularly the rear windows. The doorway and frontage have retained their bronze decorative metalwork and granite fascia.
11. The Children's Society
Lee Nixon: Look for the chevron decoration in the upper lights of the shop window and the decorative brickwork of the frontage, dating from the 1930s.
12. Nelsons of Newark
Lee Nixon: Built in 1935, the flat roof, raised parapet, horizontal and vertical lines, ornate doorway and Aztec 'thunderbird' motif are classic Art Déco design features.
Lee Nixon: Originally built as a Co-op in 1937, the front displays Art Déco numerals on the date stone, below a raised and stepped parapet.
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