General Baking Company Bakery
Constructed in 1929 to the designs of architect Corry B. Comstock, the General Baking Company's Bond Bread Factory is an impressive and imposing Art Deco industrial building, characterized by its white brick construction, its stepped configuration and its Deco detailing, including channeled pilasters, recessed panels with decorative brick detailing, and terra cotta trimming. The front elevation, facing east onto Georgia Avenue, is the building's most prominent. Here, a three-story central tower with a penthouse is separated by its lower three- and two-story flanking wings by long and narrow piers. These piers rise from the ground level to above the cornice line, accentuating the building's verticality. Despite the overt quality of the Art Deco styling, the building retains some Classical detailing including the principal entry with its terra cotta architrave surround. This entry illustrates the transitional aspect of the Art Deco style of the 1920s, particularly as it pertains to the city's generally modest industrial architecture.