Art deco and moderne

You can read about the art deco and moderne architectural styles, which were used in some Minneapolis landmarks.


Responding to the elaborate forms and ornamentation of many of the period revivals, both are based on geometric form which emphasizes a sleek appearance. A wide variety of theaters, homes, industrial buildings and interiors throughout Minneapolis employed Moderne and Art Deco features.

Common Characteristics:

  • Geometric Massing
  • Flat Roof
  • Smooth Walls
  • Sleek, streamlined appearance

Art Deco/Moderne Style in Minneapolis:

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