Membership Benefits

Join the Art Deco Society of Washington and

  • LEARN about the value and beauty of this unique period in 20th century culture
  • Help PRESERVE the era's decorative, industrial, architectural and cultural arts
  • CELEBRATE the period's dance, film and music

Join or renew online Member benefits include:

  • A subscription to Streamlines, our periodic e-Newsletter
  • A subscription to Trans-Lux, our quarterly printed journal
  • Discounts to ADSW-sponsored activities and programs, including fashion shows, lectures and tours

Socialize with kindred spirits!  Meet other Washington-area lovers of Art Deco at cocktail parties, fashion shows, lectures, dances and other special events.  Start or add to your collection of Art Deco era vintage clothing, furniture, housewares, and collectibles by learning where to shop, or better yet, by attending our annual Exposition of 20th Century Decorative Arts.  Members receive reduced price admissions for most events.

ADSW holds regular programs celebrating the design, dance, film, and music of the era.  You can count on a variety of lively educational tours, lectures, slide shows, and much more. Programs have featured:

  • Bus tours of Washington-area Art Deco architecture
  • Behind the scenes visits to local Art Deco sites, such as the Pope-Leighey House, the Kennedy Warren Apartments, the Greenbelt Community Center, and the Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
  • Lectures on topics such as Washington's Art Deco monuments and memorials, Fred Astaire, painter Tamara de Lempika, and New York Art Deco buildings
  • Docent-led tours of exhibits on Art Deco-era art and architecture at area museums
  • Lectures and discussions on Art Deco era collectibles

Since its founding in the fall of 1982, the Art Deco Society of Washington has led the effort to save important Washington-area Art Deco architecture, including the Silver Theatre and the Silver Spring Shopping Center, the Greyhound Terminal, now known as 1100 New York Avenue, the Greenbelt Center School and the Hecht Company Warehouse on New York Avenue.  You can learn more about our preservation efforts, past and present.  You can also get to know the Washington area’s fine Art Deco and Art Moderne buildings.

Help the Art Deco Society of Washington by volunteering your time and expertise with our preservation efforts, get-togethers, programs and other activities:

  • Help us develop and manage content for our new Website!
  • Help update our inventory of historic Art Deco and Art Moderne buildings!
  • Help us with the next Expo!
  • Have an idea for an activity? A vintage clothing fashion show?  A tour? A trip?
  • Want to share your vintage or Nick Charles-inspired cocktail recipes?

If you are interested, please submit an inquiry with contact information to 

Explore historic and vintage-themed venues, restaurants, shopping, activities and publications inspired by Art Deco, Moderne, and Mid-Century Modern in the Washington DC area.


A listing of the area’s best venues for swing dancing plus links to websites for local dance classes and instructors.


Area restaurants located in either historic or period-appropriate venues.


A listing of Art Deco-inspired venues plus artists and bands playing period-appropriate music.


A sampling of area Art Deco hotels.


A sampling of Art Deco styled apartment buildings in the Washington DC area plus links to websites focused on period-appropriate housing for sale.


A sampling of local shops and online sources for Art Deco and Mid Century Modern antiques, art, collectibles and vintage clothing.


A listing of area Art Deco movie palaces and performance halls.


Where to go (and how to get there) for mid-20th Century inspired travel.

Art Deco Books
A variety of books about Art Deco design, architecture, fashion, entertainment, and much more.

Art Deco Type and Fonts
Include an Art Deco typeface in your next graphic design project.


Deco Reborn
This 18 x 24-inch poster features former ADSW President Richard Striner's painting ofthe restored Greyhound bus terminal in Washington, DC.

Check out the various social groups and clubs in the Washington, DC area that organize and host vintage-inspired events.