By: Connor Lehman


The Great Migration: The migration of African Americans to Northern States bringing their ideas and arts.

New Building Styles: New building styles in Europe quickly became popular in the United States.

Pastels, fanciful colors, chrome, and concrete replaced basic natural components.

Spanish Revival: Homes were built in an open concept with more ornate entryways.

Minimal Traditional: After WW ll were built in the "cookie cutter" house era. Houses were compact, simple, and built without emphasis on imagination.

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Art Deco

Art Deco was very short lived in America. It impacted architecture, fashion, art, and furniture. Buildings used both expensive hand crafted machine made repetitive decorations. To keep the cost down, treatment was often placed to the most visible parts of buildings. Some Art Deco can be found in Old Miami Beach.


Buildings over 6 stories were very rare. Due to it being impractical for people to walk up many flights of stairs, and water could only flow about 50 ft because of the pressure. But after the development of steel, reinforced concrete and water pumps it made the construction of skyscrapers possible. The main invention that was essential to skyscrapers was the elevator. The Empire State building in New York City is known for being the greatest skyscraper. After 18 months it was quickly completed to take the title as. "World's Tallest Building."

Frank Llyod Wright

1915: Built the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, after completion Wright claimed the building to be "Earthquake Proof" and it was the only large building that survived the Great Kanto Earthquake.

Taliesin, his famous house was burned down by a servant and Wright immediately rebuilt the house to "Wipe away the scar from the hill." In 1925 house burnt down again due to an electric problem forcing him to rebuild it yet again.

After his death he was widely considered one of the greatest architects of the 20th century and the greatest american architect of all time.

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Works Consulted

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