Art Deco District

Art Deco District

June 4, 20151669Views4Comments

Miami Beach offers eye-candy in all shapes and sizes. It’s world-famous Art Deco District is the first 20th-Century neighborhood to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Tour our list of Art Deco Buildings and see the “best of” the Miami Art Deco District.

The Webster- 1220 Collins Ave., Henry Hohauser

The Webster Miami Store Front
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Henry Hohauser originally designed the building as a hotel in 1939, but later became a luxury fashion boutique. The geometrically simple but ornately designed building is a great example of Miami’s Art Deco scene. The hotel lobby was left intact when the building was repurposed in 2009, allowing those uninterested in luxury fashion to still experience the buildings atmosphere with a pastry and coffee or glass of bubbly.

The Carlyle- 1250 Ocean Dr., Kiehnel & Elliot

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Closely following the Art Deco rule of thirds, this building is separated into three vertical sections with step tops capping each one. Bathed in sea foam green and white, the Carlyle has been one of the most recognizable buildings in the sprawl of hotels on Ocean Drive for almost seven decades. This beautiful hotel continues to attract fans of Art Deco and has even appeared in movies like Scarface, Bad Boys 2, and the Birdcage.

Jerry’s Famous Deli- 1450 Collins Ave., Henry Hohauser

Henry Hohauser makes his second appearance on this list with another building designed in 1939. This building originally housed Hoffman’s Cafeteria but has thrived under other names such as the “China Club” and “Ovo”, but reached the peak of its fame when re-envisioned as the Warsaw Ballroom until finally becoming the home of Jerry’s Famous Deli in 2002.

Colony Theatre- 1040 Lincoln Road, R.A. Benjamin

Commissioned by Paramount in 1935, the theatre has grown into a highly coveted performing arts center. The theatres entrance and marquee are not the only examples of Art Deco to be found at the Colony, with the ticket box and terrazzo flooring brandishing the historic bold lines and geometric patterns of Art Deco.

The Breakwater- 940 Ocean Dr., Anton Skislewicz

This 1936 resort hotel features qualities from both Art Deco and the historically generous use of neon that is South Beach. At night the Breakwater can be seen from almost any part of Lummus Park and stands as a glowing homage to days past, slicing through the South Beach skyline with a blue, orange and white glow.

Cadillac Hotel- 3925 Collins Ave., Roy France

Built in 1940, this building stands just beyond the border of South Beach and was designed to look like a car. The center of this hotel alludes to the chrome grill of a Cadillac to lead up to the shining hood ornament that crowns this less flamboyant iteration of the Art Deco style.

The McAlpin- 1424 Ocean Dr., L.Murray Dixon

The work of another mastermind behind the Art Deco district in South Beach. The McAlpin is most likely the purest form of Art Deco in all of Miami and is one of the most photographed buildings in South Beach. The pink and turquoise surrounding the horizontal lines that wrap the building make this a must-see for Art Deco fanatics.

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