Back in New York City, we were blessed to live in one of the city’s many Art Deco apartment buildings. On my way to and from work, I would pass the WPA-era mural in the lobby. Our apartment had original parquet floors, light fixtures, and switch plates.
Singapore has quite a bit of well-preserved Art Deco architecture, dating mainly from the 1920s and 1930s, and I smile when I see a familiar line, curve, or pattern. Glimpses of Art Deco in this city remind me of my home on the other side of the world.
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The sixteen-story Cathay Building, Singapore’s first skyscraper, housed a cinema, luxury apartments, fancy restaurants, and a hotel. Back in its heyday, it was the place for well-heeled movie-goers to catch the latest Hollywood and Hong Kong films.
While the main structure of the Cathay Building was demolished, the original Art Deco façade remains. The Cathay, a cimena hall/shopping mall/serviced apartment complex, currently occupies the location.
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(Additional credits: Tape strip clip art via Pugly Pixel.)