Art Deco and Art Moderne styles as well as Beaux Arts Classicism and Neoclassical styles influenced the design of Public Works Administration buildings. This use of a stripped-down Classicism has resulted in the term PWA Moderne. Generally associated with governmental buildings, it may also be seen in some commercial buildings. These formal, symmetrical buildings with their Classical roots also contain Art Deco and Art Moderne details that give them an updated appearance.
--smooth wall surfaces, flat roof, and plain, narrow cornices
--vertical molded ornamentation
--Art Deco decorative motifs
--piers, usually without capitals