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2005-06-20

Italian Art Deco....in Africa?

If you remember your history books, the Italians had a piece of real estate in the horn of Africa before World War II. Like other colonial nations, Italy thought they were never going to have to leave.

They sent over some architects to design buildings for administrative purposes and for other needs of the colonists. Amazingly for an area that has been ripped by civil war, some of the buildings still stand. The need for renovations is obvious, but check out the beautiful lines on the ones featured at the link. My personal favorite is, of all things, a gas station.

2 Comments:

  • At 8:43 AM, Blogger Deacon Blues said…

    I liked the gas station best, too.

     
  • At 12:01 AM, Blogger goofy328 said…

    You know I'm not sure if Africa should keep this stuff intact or not. The architecture is beautiful, but it's akin to southerners who collect COLORED ONLY restroom signs; while the aesthetic is intriguing, keeping it around is self-deprecating, in a sense, and somewhat degredading. It's the reason blacks should stop using the 'N' word.

     

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