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The Art Deco Preservation Awards
2013 Art Deco Preservation Awards
This year’s Art Deco Preservation Ball is Dedicated to the memory of ADSC Founder, Michael F. Crowe. An award, created in his honor will be presented to the Paramount Theatre, Oakland.
Michael F. Crowe Preservation Award
In honor of our beloved ADSC founder, Michael Crowe, this new award is created to be given to special projects along with a financial contribution from ADSC targeted at preservation and restoration efforts. This award is established to: reward and recognize ongoing examples of preservation and active use; to encourage smaller, less publicized, less funded preservation projects; and to support and bring attention to any projects where imminent danger of destruction or loss threatens. With its impeccable history of a world class restoration, and the continuing attention of Manager Leslee Stewart and master craftsman David Boysel to undertake a series of projects, refining and reconstructing every aspect of architectural and interior detailing based on original documentation, the Paramount Theatre fittingly receives this first Award.
Paramount Theater: Triumph of Preservation
This year again, we stage our Art Deco Preservation Ball in the Paramount Theater, undisputed 1931 masterpiece of the brilliant local architect Timothy Pflueger. The quality of the architecture and ornamentation of the Paramount is as fine an example of the high point of Art Deco design as can be found anywhere in the world. There is no greater testament to the valuable contribution of Preservations everywhere than the survival of this single, magnificent edifice. The miracle is that this building has not only survived, but has been preserved, restored to its original glory, and continues to function as a world class theatre, delighting ever younger generations with its stunning artistry. We honor those determined people who literally saved this structure from the wrecker’s ball forty years ago. Bravo!
San Francisco Neighborhood Theatre Foundation
The SFNTF is committed to: (1) Saving our precious remaining single-screen neighborhood theaters, or see them reused in a sensitive way that preserves their important architectural features; as well as (2) Lobbying to insure that former theaters in some way serve the community, preferably in the field of arts and entertainment. SFNTF owns and operates two theaters in San Francisco; the Vogue and the Balboa. They also sponsor the very successful Film in the Park Series, showing movies in multiple outdoor locations throughout the city. They are actively involved in the preservation and reuse of many abandoned theaters, including the Metro on Union Street, the Cinema 21 on Chestnut Street and the New Mission, a 1930’s Timothy Pflueger remodel on Mission Street.
Mark Cantor: Preservationist of Jazz on Film
Mark Cantor has preserved and archived over 4000 items of jazz on film, including a wonderful selection of singers, bands and dancers from the heyday of the Deco era, including the Nicholas Brothers, Lena Horne, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong and scores of other famous names. Generously sharing his amazing knowledge of this work, he lectures and shows selections of his film clips at a number of venues, many in California including San Francisco. His precious collection is constantly expanding as people all over the world acknowledge him as the appropriate repository to receive rare bits of film that otherwise would disappear from our collective film and jazz heritage.
Robert Boardman Howard: Artist
Robert B. Howard (1899-1983), son of famous Berkeley architect John Galen Howard, was a prodigious artist, especially known for his sculptural works. He collaborated on many projects with architect Timothy Pflueger. Examples of that work include the stunning gilt bas reliefs in the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, enormous bas reliefs at Berkeley High School, and limestone carvings in the Stock Exchange Building in San Francisco. His artistic mastery ranged widely from complex concrete casting of monumental exterior figures, down to delicate metal filigree in the stair railings at the Stock Exchange Club. His career was long and productive, with many WPA public projects including Coit Tower. He married another gifted Bay Area artist, Adaline Kent. Both contributed sculptural pieces to the 1939 Golden Gate International Exhibition on Treasure Island. His enormous “Whale” was one of the most impressive pieces at the Fair.
Adaline Kent: Artist
A native Californian, Adaline Kent (1900–1957) was one of the foremost Bay Area artists to contribute to the 1939 G.G.I.E. on Treasure Island. Her work there included a trio of large scale sculptures entitled “Pacific Islanders” in the Court of Pacifica fountain. Starting in the 1920s she was recognized for her graceful sculptures in both stone and bronze, many for exterior applications. She was active in the local arts community, teaching at California School of Fine Arts, and was a Board Member of the San Francisco Art Association, exhibiting every year from 1930 through 1957. She studied in Paris during the 1920’s under Emile Antoine Bourdelle, a former assistant to Rodin, and later with Ralph Stackpole in San Francisco. She was married to sculptor Robert B. Howard. Upon her untimely death in an automobile accident on the coast highway near Stinson Beach, she bequeathed funding to establish an Annual Award Scholarship for promising California artists.
Every year the Art Deco Society of California presents Art Deco Preservation Awards to the people who have helped preserve the buildings, art, and culture from the Art Deco era.
We are always looking for winners, so keep your eyes open throughout the year and make a nomination at any time. Send information to the ADSC Office, attention Preservation Director, The Art Deco Society of California, 100 Bush Street #511, San Francisco, CA 94104 or leave a message at 415-982-DECO or contact the new Preservation Director, Lynn Harrison, Architect at firstname.lastname@example.org
When submitting a nomination be sure to include the following information:
History: Who built it and when? Are there other works by this architect?
Condition: Is a restoration in process or recently completed? Has the building always been kept up? Is it a neglected treasure?
Architecture: Cite unusual architectural details – photos help!
Captions: Annotate the photos, so we know what we’re seeing.
Press Clips: Include any newspaper or magazine articles about your nominee.
Press Contacts: List local newspapers, TV or radio who should be sent releases about your nominee
Building Contacts: Please list the owner or manager, so they can be invited to the ball.
Don’t be shy! List your name so we can thank you for your efforts, and let you know immediately if your nominee wins!
Use the Form: It will help you to include all the details. Click here for PDF version.
As the Art Deco Society of California, our preservation awards go all over the state. They reflect a mix of public and private buildings, as well as individuals who have preserved the art and culture of this era. Awards are given to individuals or businesses as well as to buildings. We also appreciate updates on any of our former award winners. Let us know if you have news or questions.
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