Art Deco District, Miami

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  • Why Art Deco?
  • To see
  • Getting around in the Art Deco District

The Miami Beach Architectural Historic District, known simply as Art Deco District it is not a real administrative district, but a portion of South Beach, featuring the highest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world.

The Art Deco District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and includes both buildings dating back to the first thirty years of the 900s and buildings dating back to the 50s, in the Miami Modern style.

Twenty years of colorful Caribbean that brings Miami back to a colorful, almost magical era and probably the most concrete and close to its origins: in every corner you can breathe warmth, from the particular shapes of the decorations of the buildings, to the bright colors with which they are the facades of hotels and houses have been painted.

Why Art Deco?

Art Deco is an art movement that developed in Europe during the 20s and 30s.
And it is precisely around the thirties that Miami discovered its tourist vocation: the city underwent a substantial expansion, which lasted approximately until the period of the Second World War.

The new buildings, mostly hotels, were built in the Art Deco style, so that vacationers would feel enticed to return: characterized by square or rounded shapes, the buildings are painted in bright pastel colors and decorated with beautiful and extravagant stucco.

The styles present in this district range from the classic and elaborate forms of the Mediterranean Revival to the simple lines of the Streamline Art Deco and whatever shape lies in between, including nautical and tropical perspectives, the most recent trend inspired by the 50s, Miami Modern or MiMo, prevalent in the North Shore and in the Normandy Isles neighborhood areas.

All these styles help create a truly unique image and refined atmosphere that identifies this magnificent city.

To see

Art Deco Welcome Center & Art Deco Museum

Located in the heart of Ocean Drive, the Art Deco Welcome Center offers tourists all the information they need to visit the neighborhood: what styles can be found, the most interesting buildings, conferences, shows, a souvenir shop .

THEArt Deco Museum instead it is the ideal place to learn more about the history of Miami Beach, which in 2014 turned 100 years old.

Lummus Park

Lummus Park is a must see for anyone who wants to say they've taken a comprehensive tour of the Art Deco District. The park, which runs for almost its entire length, overlooks the sea, and is characterized by long palm trees, white beaches and paved paths, ideal for walking or running.

Art Deco Building

The main attraction of the neighborhood are, of course, the Art Deco buildings. The best are concentrated in two ways: Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, which are also the streets where you can find the best shops for shopping.

Ocean Drive

Ocean Drive is full of Art Deco buildings, among the most interesting are:

Park Central Hotel.

The Park Central Hotel is an unmistakable sight, with its characteristic blue-toned coloring. Built in 1937 by the architect Henry Hohauser, in 1985 it underwent a restoration, to safeguard its original appearance.

Villa Casa Casuarina

The Villa Casa Casuarina is a truly one-of-a-kind building: its original owner, as well as designer, Alden Freeman, for the construction of this mansion he was inspired by the Alcazar De Colon, the villa that Diego Colombo (son of Christopher) had built in Santo Domingo. In 1992 Gianni Versace he bought it and decided to expand it, knocking down another hotel next door. Today, it is a luxury hotel, restaurant and event location.

Tides Hotel

Built in 1936 by architect L. Murray Dickson, the Tides Hotel is the first Art Deco building built by this architect in South Beach and, for a long time, remained the tallest in the area.

The Leslie

Built in 1937 by Albert Anis, the Leslie, with its style halfway between Art Deco and modern architecture and the unmistakable yellow color, commands the view of those who walk the street.

Carlyle Hotel

The Carlyle Hotel, built in 1939, is another example of a fusion of modern architecture and Art Deco. The figure of him has been resumed in several famous Hollywood films, including Scarface e Bad Boys 2.

Other examples of Art Deco architecture on Ocean Drive can be found in the Hotel Cardozo and the Cavalier, also filmed in some famous Hollywood films, the Winter Haven and the Clevelander.

Collins Avenue

Collins Avenue is another street full of Art Deco buildings, among the most interesting are:

Ex Hoffman’s Cafeteria.

The low-rise building, with rounded lines, often changes management, but retains its original appearance, designed by the famous architect Henry Hohauser.

Loews Hotel e St. Moritz Hotel.

While not possessing the Art Deco style typical of the 30s and 40s, the imposing building of the Loews Hotel houses a very important hotel. To its right, the prestigious St. Moritz Hotel, another example of Art Deco architecture.

The Hotel of South Beach.

This hotel, designed in 1939 by L. Murray Dickson, has the characteristic rounded shape of Art Deco buildings. Originally referred to as Tiffany (the sign still stands on the roof), its name was changed in 1990, to make it more attractive.

Essex House.

The peculiarity of Essex House, designed by the much sought after Henry Hohauser in 1938, is all in its shape, which resembles that of a cruise ship ready to sail.

In Collins Avenue there are also three other very interesting buildings, belonging to the late Art Deco period, as they were already built in the 40s: the Sagamore Hotel, the National Hotel and the Delano.

Getting around in the Art Deco District

The entire area of ​​the Art Deco District is served by service buses subwaybus, from the free buses of the service Trolley, from the buses of the South Beach Local Bus Service and from those of the Hop - On, Hop - Off service. In this area it is also very easy to find taxis and numerous collection points for the Citi Bike service.

THEArt Deco District it is definitely one of the best places to appreciate the true soul of Miamias well as ideal for those who are passionate about photography.

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