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.

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RIBA4279IG Metall building, Berlin: staircase and light fixture

 
RIBA4280Hoenheim park and ride station, Strasbourg


RIBA4281Hoenheim park and ride station, Strasbourg

 
RIBA4282Hoenheim park and ride station, Strasbourg

 
RIBA4283Hoenheim park and ride station, Strasbourg


RIBA4284Apartment building, Am Weissenhof 14-20, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: close-up of an entrance on the east side

 
RIBA4285Apartment building, Am Weissenhof 14-20, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: close-up an entrance on the east side

 
RIBA4286Apartment building, Am Weissenhof 14-20, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: oblique view from the street side


RIBA4287Apartment building, Am Weissenhof 14-20, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: the east (entrance) side

 
RIBA4288Row houses 28, 29, 30, Am Weissenhof, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: close-up of the entrance to one of the three houses

 
RIBA4289Row houses 28, 29, 30, Am Weissenhof, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: close-up of the entrance to one of the three houses


RIBA4290Row houses 28, 29, 30, Am Weissenhof, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: detail of the street entrance to one of the three houses

 
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RIBA4292Bergisel ski jump, near Innsbruck


RIBA4293Bergisel ski jump, near Innsbruck

 
RIBA4294Bergisel ski jump, near Innsbruck: the underside of the run showing the supporting structure and the tower head

 
RIBA4295Stage of the Sossnoff Theater, Richard B Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson


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RIBA4297Richard B Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson

 
RIBA4298Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson


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RIBA4300Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati: lobby

 
RIBA4301Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati


RIBA4302Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati: atrium

 
RIBA4303Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati

 
RIBA4304Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati