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Miami Beach Art Deco Photo Tour

South Beach Photos: South Beach Deco Day | South Beach Deco Night | South Beach Variety

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Colony Hotel, South Beach
Leslie Hotel, South Beach
Ocean Drive in South Beach is perhaps my favorite place to stroll, people watch and enjoy the wonderful varieity of Art Deco architecture. In the 1930s, an architectural revolution came to South Beach, bringing Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, and Nautical Moderne architecture to the Beach. To this day, South Beach remains the world's largest collection of Streamline Moderne Art Deco architecture. Today, the Miami Beach Architectural District (also known as Miami Beach Art Deco District) is a U.S. historic district with 960 historic buildings. Also see Ocean Drive at night!
Art Deco, South Beach
South Beach Art Deco


Inside Hotel Victor
Hotel Victor, South Beach
Check out the inside of Hotel Victor, including the great pool area
off the second floor.
Ocean Drive, South Beach
More South Beach Photos: South Beach Deco Night | South Beach Variety
Miami Beach’s building boom came during the second phase of Art Deco known as Streamline Moderne, which began with the stock market crash and ended in most cases with the outbreak of World War II. It was less decorative —a more sober reflection of the Great Depression. It relied more on machine-inspired forms, and American ideas in industrial design. It was buttressed by the belief that times would get better and was infused with the optimistic futurism extolled at America’s Worlds Fairs of the 1930s. Stripped Classic or Depression Moderne was a sub-style often used for governmental buildings, the U.S. Post Office being the best example in Miami Beach. Miami Beach architects used local imagery to create what we now call Tropical Deco. These buildings feature relief ornamentation featuring whimsical flora, fauna and ocean-liner motifs to reinforce the image of Miami Beach as a seaside resort.
For more, go to the Miami Design Preservation League website.

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