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A Guide to Miami Beach's Iconic Architecture

Friday, January 09, 2015
Tags:   Miami Beach Listings, Miami Beach Waterfront Homes

This year will mark Miami Beach's much anticipated 100th year, so we are looking at the iconic architecture that is such an important part of this beautiful area.

Art Deco is particularly a signature style for Miami Beach and even though the art deco boutique hotels that line Ocean Drive are the most recognizable deco buildings, there are also many other beautiful structures made in this style in Miami Beach. One of these structures include the 1937 Art Deco Miami Beach post office, which features a rounded classical turret. Inside the post office, you will find a gorgeous sun motif in the rotunda, very representative of the city.

Another Art Deco gem is what was originally called the Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium, then renamed as Jackie Gleason Theater when Jackie Gleason relocated his variety show to Miami in the 1960s, and is now called the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater.

Also, in the 1950's, the architect Morris Lapidus redesigned the pedestrian mall, Lincoln Road mall, which now features structural forms along a center island of greenery. This redesign complements surrounding art deco buildings perfectly.

One art deco hotel with a lot of history is the Raleigh Hotel, which features a snack bar that was designed in 1940 by architect L.Murray Dixin. This hotel features classic Art Deco interiors and "the most beautiful pool in America," according to Life magazine. The pool has a very interesting shape in a neo-Baroque style. This particular hotel was recently purchased by American Designer, Tommy Hillfiger, who plans on renovating the building and making it into a members only hotel, while keeping it's signature classic details.

Frequent visitors and residents of Miami Beach live among these iconic structures, often times without knowing the history they hold. If you would like to learn more about Miami Beach Listings, contact Danny Hertzberg at 305.505.1950. Danny Hertzberg specializes in Miami Beach Waterfront Homes.

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