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The original Passage Lemonnier in Liege was built in the 1830s, making it almost 10 years older than its neighbours in Brussels. But this arcade in Liege was completely rebuilt in Art Deco style 100 years later, so the passage today has more of a 1930s feel. RAF bombing in May 1940, followed by 1960s…

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Reliance Arcade is Brixton’s own bit of Art Deco. There’s no grand entrance here, and it’s easy to walk right on past the front of this arcade on Brixton’s high street in south London, unless you spot the (almost) rainbow-themed decoration forming an arch over the way in, flanked by a very modern vaping shop…

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The Galleria arcade in Hamburg might have lots of art deco features, in the overall mood, with its black and white marble shop frames and its definite art deco shape to the entrance to the upstairs apartments, but it was designed in 1976 in a part of Hamburg that had become rather run down and…

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Princes Arcade began life with an art deco design built between 1929 and 1933, when it formally opened. The arcade today results from a 1980s refurbishment, which aimed for a ‘Jane Austen era’ style, with vintage lamps and rounded-windowed shop fronts. There are classical mouldings in the ceilings and above the shops on the fronts,…

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Brisbane Arcade is a 1920s masterpiece with shops on two levels, beautiful lead light windows over every unit and high up just below the Art Deco designed ceiling. There are six chandeliers lighting up the arcade, marble staircases up to the upper balcony and two walk ways across the middle of the Arcade giving great…

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Reading’s Harris Arcade could be an Art Deco gem.  Built in the late 1920s, the individual shop units still have lots of original features, with their glass fronts and wooden shop frames. But with over half the units lying empty in 2023, and very little footfall along its long walkway from Friar Street to Station…

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