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Of all the Los Angeles architecture styles, none conjure up the sense of starry-eyed luxury like Art Deco. The movement arose in the 1930s, which explains why we associate it so closely with the glamor of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Though we mainly think of Machine Age metallic finishes, angular geometry and Cubist and Futurist-influenced details, the architectural movement inspired many different interpretations, from “exotic” inflections—think the Chinese Theatre and Egyptian Theatre—to the late-era shift toward Streamline Moderne—like the Coca-Cola Building and Queen Mary.
It seems insane to us now, as we regard many Art Deco structures among the city’s most beautiful buildings, but the style had fallen out of fashion by the end of World War II. Though many structures were stuccoed over or demolished, these examples of the most beautiful Art Deco buildings in Los Angeles remain.