As I continue my work on my newest rehab house, 3020 Venice, I thought it appropriate to introduce this quaint historic neighborhood to my readers. Though one of the historic districts in metro OKC, it seems to be one of the lesser known ones.
The Cleveland Neighborhood was originally organized in 5 acre lots in 1906. It then was changed to home lots between 1909-1940. Most of the area was constructed by C.B. Ward during the late 1930s. The home I am working on was in fact built at the end of the Art Deco period in 1934.
Art Deco was the most popular design style right before the Depression hit. The style combines the geometric forms of Cubism, the bright colors of Fauvism, the craftsmanship of the French aristocracy eras, the exotic styles of China, Japan, India, Persia, ancient Egypt and Mayan art. The period featured black, white and nickel silver, bronze alloy, many symbols such as the Ceres goddess, wheat, birds and eagles, exterior walls were emphasized while windows were de-emphasized. The Chrysler Building in NY and many other skyscrapers of New York and Chicago are the most iconic of this style.
I love that Art Deco is incorporated into many of the homes in the Cleveland Neighborhood, and I hope to restore those elements present in the rehab home I'm working on. The boundaries of Cleveland include May Avenue on the west, Villa on the east, Northwest 30th on the north and Northwest 23rd on the south. Stop by and check out these beautiful homes!