Saturday, August 15, 2009
Portrait of an Art Deco City
Grantham House - $19.99
Like me, author/photographer Graham Stewart, is a former resident of Napier, and also like me he remains very fond of the beautiful east coast city rated the world's art deco capital.
In this bargain-priced book Graham Stewart provides an instant insight of the 1931 Napier earthquake, with the photographs of the devastation which are then matched with present day colour scenes from the same spot.
This wooden Victorian town was replaced after the 1931 earthquake with the fashionable architecture vogue of the day, Art Deco. This book with its stunning photography showcases one of the most outstanding collections of Art Deco buildings to be found anywhere in the world.
This book is a must purchase for anyone visiting Napier and I'll bet it proves a best-seller during the annual Art Deco weeknd next February, an event that attracts people frm all over NZ and around the world.