Art Moderne

The curved wall of this commercial/industrial facade in the 400 block of College Avenue clues us in that this is an Art Moderne building. Art Moderne architecture was popular from about 1930 to about 1950. Glass-block windows, found flanking the entrance of this building, are another common design element of Art Moderne architecture.

Glazed brick, used in a variety of sizes on the walls of this building, is found on both interiors and exteriors of buildings of this style and in this period. Many school buildings from the 1930s to 1950s have glazed brick interior walls, for example. Indianapolis has a number of fine examples of Art Moderne commercial and industrial buildings, but relatively few houses in this style.


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