A Survey of American Art Deco Architecture | Newberry

A Survey of American Art Deco Architecture

Led by Kathleen Murphy Skolnik. 4 sessions, 1 - 3 pm.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Saturdays, July 14 - August 4

1 - 3 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $185
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $203.5

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Excuse our dust!

The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

In the 1920s and 1930s many American architects rejected historicism for Art Deco, an aesthetic more representative of modern life. Initially applied to commercial buildings in major cities, it soon spread to building types throughout the country. This seminar will explore Art Deco architecture and urban design in the United States, from urban skyscrapers and lavish movie palaces to small town and rural neighborhood cinemas, post offices, and local banks. Four sessions.

Kathleen Murphy Skolnik holds an MA in art history and teaches art and architectural history at Roosevelt University. She is the co-author of The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meiére and has lectured and written extensively on Art Deco.

Materials List


  • A course packet of additional materials, compiled by the instructor and distributed during the first class, for which there will be a nominal fee due at that time.

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the handouts which will be sent upon registration, in the confirmation email.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.