Art Deco San Francisco

Art Deco San Francisco

The Architecture of Timothy Pflueger

eBook - 2008
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The Castro Theatre, the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Headquarters, 450 Sutter Medico-Dental Buildingthesemasterpieces of San Francisco's Art Deco heritage are the work of one man: Timothy Pflueger. An immigrant's sonwith only a grade-school education, Pflueger began practicing architecture after San Francisco's 1906 earthquake. While his contemporaries looked to Beaux-Arts traditions to rebuild the city, he brought exotic Mayan, Asian, and Egyptian forms to buildings ranging from simple cocktail lounges to the city's first skyscrapers. Pflueger was one of the city's most prolificarchitects during his 40-year career. He designed two major downtown skyscrapers, two stock exchanges, several neighborhood theaters, movie palaces for four smaller cities (including the beloved Paramount in Oakland), some ofthe city's biggest schools, and at least 50 homes. His works include the San Francisco Stock Exchange, the ever-popularTop of the Mark, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, andthe San Francisco World's Fair. It is a testament to his talentthat many of his buildings still stand and many have been named landmarks.

Therese Poletti tells the fascinating story of Pflueger's life and work in Art Deco San Francisco. In lively detail, she relates how Pflueger built extravagant compositions in metal, concrete, and glass. She also tells the story behind the architecture: Pflueger's commissioning and support of muralist Diego Rivera, his association with photographer Ansel Adams and sculptor Ralph Stackpole, and his childhood friendship turned to adulthood sponsorship with San Francisco Mayor James "Sunny" Rolph Jr. Beautiful archival photography mixes with stunning new photography in this collection of a truly Californian, but ultimately American, story.
Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 1568987560
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 243 p.) : ill. (some col.), port.
Additional Contributors: Paiva, Tom
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Mar 25, 2015

A terrific overview of Art Deco architecture and design with a detailed focus on the prolific and brilliant Timothy Pflueger. Photos are gorgeous and Therese Polletti is an excellent and engaging writer. She places Pflueger and Art Deco stylistic elements in larger context of 1920s-1930s building era as well as influence/influencing Pflueger's contemporaries. A wonderful read. Highly recommended.

Jun 24, 2013

The photos of Pflueger's architecture are luscious and awe inspiring. His biography is interesting and provides an intimate overview of the artistic history of San Francisco in the first half of the 20th century. I wish I had seen this before my previous trips to SF. Well, I have quite a list of places to see next time.


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