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About this Presentation:
This talk will consider how an international design movement, Art Deco, found its way into Baltimore during the 1920s and ’30s. Fueled by a robust manufacturing sector, the city became fertile ground for a wide-ranging architecture that mixed freely with the prevailing design trends of the day (albeit leaning toward the traditional); an important representative of America’s major industrial cities in the interwar years. Lesser-known examples of Baltimore Deco will be shared, and the talk will also highlight a few optimistic building projects undertaken in the midst of the Great Depression.
About the Presenter:
Melissa Blair is a history professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and studies the history of architecture, landscapes, and material culture. She is co-author with Richard Striner of Washington and Baltimore Art Deco: A Design History of Neighboring Cities (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). Prior to joining the Department of History, she worked for more than 15 years as an architectural historian and historic preservationist for a variety of public, private, and nonprofit organizations.