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Art Deco Across Canada

Thursday,November 21, 2019
6:30 p.m.
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York City

$25 for ESU National Patrons
$30 for ESU Members
$40 for Non-members

Join The English-Speaking Union and ADSNY for an engaging illustrated talk exploring the Art Deco style in Canada. In this presentation, Tim Morawetz demonstrates how, like Art Deco buildings everywhere, Canada's examples display a rich array of decorative motifs unique to the country's geography, history, and culture. He shows how various types of Deco architecture––ranging from high-profile office towers, city halls and department stores, to apartment buildings, neighborhood movie theaters, private homes, churches––utilize Canadian archetypes such as hockey, beavers, and maple syrup to reflect Canada's identity and history. Morawetz features many structures that boast stunning bas-relief carvings and decorative elements representing uniquely Canadian flora and fauna, industry, and daily life.  This presentation also includes entertaining stories that paint a picture of the legendary entrepreneurs, politicians, and everyday Canadians who made their mark during the interwar era.

Over the past three decades, Tim Morawetz has travelled to every major city across Canada to find and photograph the buildings featured in Art Deco Architecture Across Canada: Stories of the country's buildings between the two World Wars. He has led walking tours of downtown Toronto's Deco buildings, delivered talks to various community groups, participated in preservation campaigns, and attended six World Congresses on Art Deco. His first book, Art Deco Architecture in Toronto: A guide to the city's buildings from the Roaring Twenties and the Depression, was recognized with an Award of Merit in the 2010 Heritage Toronto Awards.  Copies of his most recent publication, Art Deco Architecture Across Canada: Stories of the country's buildings between the two World Wars, will be available for purchase. 

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For information, contact Ed Mohylowski at or 212-818-1200, ext. 218.

ESU National Patrons are invited to enjoy a private champagne reception with Mr. Morawetz in the Executive Director's office at 6 p.m.


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