SS Normandie: Trans-Atlantic haut décor

Perhaps one of the greatest liners was the Normandie launched in 1932 for the Le Havre-New York route of Compagnie Générale Translatlantique (or French Line) and the great rival to the Queen Mary for the coveted Blue Riband trans-Atlantic speed record between 1935-1938.

The epitome of French haut décor the Normandie was truly a decadent, luxury ship with Art Deco interiors and large spaces, not least the first class dining room for 700 which was illuminated by pillars of Lalique glass. Exclusive accommodation was provided by a number of large suites including the Grande Luxe Trouville suite and the rather more historic than moderne in decoration Jumièges suite based on the chambers of Louis XV’s mistress the Marquise de Pompadour.

Just two days after the start of the Second World War the Normandie was impounded by the US government becoming the USS Lafayette in 1941. Sadly she came to an ignominious end as whilst being converted to a troopship in 1942 she caught fire capsizing in the Hudson River and although salvaged restoration was too expensive.

These photographs are from an album of 46 photographs of the Normandie acquired by the RIBA in 2014.

 
Launched:  Saint-Nazaire, 1932
 
Disposal:  Scrapped: 1946-1948
 
Tonnage:  82,799 tons
 
Length:  1029 feet or 314 metres
 
Maximum speed:  32.2 knots

 

Also see: Ocean Liners, RMS Orion & RMS Orcades II, SS Oriana.

108584 items
RIBA4215LF1 pavilion, Weil am Rhein

 
RIBA4216LF1 pavilion, Weil am Rhein

 
RIBA4217LF1 pavilion, Weil am Rhein


RIBA4218LF1 pavilion, Weil am Rhein: ramp detail

 
RIBA4219LF1 pavilion, Weil am Rhein

 
RIBA4220Eduard Muller Crematorium, Hagen


RIBA4221Eduard Muller Crematorium, Hagen: the chapel

 
RIBA4222Eduard Muller Crematorium, Hagen: the rear facade

 
RIBA4223Eduard Muller Crematorium, Hagen


RIBA4224Jewish Museum, Berlin: the Paul Celan Courtyard with passageway

 
RIBA4225Jewish Museum, Berlin

 
RIBA4226Jewish Museum, Berlin: the Holocaust Tower


RIBA4227Jewish Museum, Berlin

 
RIBA4228Jewish Museum and garden, Berlin

 
RIBA4229Row houses 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: view from the north


RIBA4230Row houses 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: view from the south

 
RIBA4231Row houses 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: a living room and porch

 
RIBA4232Row houses 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: street entrance to one of the houses


RIBA4233Ryabushinsky House, Moscow

 
RIBA4234Levin apartment building, Proezd Kirova, Moscow

 
RIBA4235Mayakovskaya metro station, Moscow: the ceiling


RIBA4236Mayakovskaya metro station, Moscow: the ceiling

 
RIBA4237Mayakovskaya metro station, Moscow: the platform

 
RIBA4238Mayakovskaya metro station, Moscow: the platform


RIBA4239Commissariat of Agriculture (Narkomzem), Moscow

 
RIBA4240Commissariat of Agriculture (Narkomzem), Moscow

 
RIBA4241Zuev Club, Moscow


RIBA4242Izvestiya Building, Moscow

 
RIBA4243Burevestnik Workers' Club (now Club DK), Moscow

 
RIBA4244Rusakov Club, Moscow