Dallas-Fort Worth Deco

Coming Summer 2017 from TCU Press

Vivid imagery and original research are the hallmarks of Dallas-Fort Worth Deco, the latest in Jim Parsons and David Bush’s series of books documenting Art Deco and Art Moderne design in the Lone Star State. The lavishly illustrated volume examines a vibrant architectural heritage spanning legendary eras in American history, from the Roaring Twenties through the Great Depression to World War II.
 

Detail, Texas and Pacific passenger station and office building, Fort Worth

Detail, Texas and Pacific passenger station and office building, Fort Worth

Dallas-Fort Worth Deco explores the full range of modernistic building styles and some of the uniquely Texan influences that shaped the growing cities of North Texas. Classic zigzag skyscrapers promoted by Fort Worth boosters and Dallas businessmen, Art Deco storefronts in the booming towns of the great East Texas oilfield, and streamlined facilities inspired by innovations in transportation and communications all have a place in this book.

Detail, Jenkins-Harvey Super Service Station, Tyler

Detail, Jenkins-Harvey Super Service Station, Tyler

Dallas-Fort Worth Deco looks not only at whole buildings, but also at their finely crafted details. Using a mix of original and historical photographs, this lavishly illustrated book promotes an appreciation of Main Street movie theaters, innovative suburban homes, and even a surprising collection of modernistic soft drink bottling plants. DFW Deco also documents the federal programs that helped build exceptional courthouses, schools, and post offices from small towns to big cities.

Sinclair Building, Fort Worth

Sinclair Building, Fort Worth

Dallas Power & Light Building

Dallas Power & Light Building

National Theater, Graham

National Theater, Graham

U.S. Post Office mural, Farmersville

U.S. Post Office mural, Farmersville

Dallas-Fort Worth Deco is due for a late summer 2017 release from TCU Press. Authors Jim Parsons and David Bush will be available for speaking engagements from October 1, 2017; for more information, please send us an e-mail.