Miami Beach Art Deco District is a real life, moving, eclectic museum. Everywhere you go are imprints of the creations of architects and artists. While strolling in the Miami heat, you’ll experience the history as it unfolds in front of you through the buildings and settings. Let’s take a trip back to revisit the eras in history:
Miami was star-studded in the 1920s and 1930s. Millionaires and celebrities flocked to her white sandy shores to play and to be spend their Ben Franklins. Heralded as the wealthy’s tropical playground, the city hustled and bustled glamorously. So much so that South Beach’s Art Deco District was one of first cities to be listed in the National Register.
During the 1900-1930s, resorts with private settings and seclusion were built. Simplicity was the theme. This is when the buildings started taking on the resort look and feel. There was no height in the architecture as structures were kept only one or two stories tall.
Easy, breezy, and balmy were the 1910s -1930s. The globe was the theme as building designs were inspired by countries of this world. Ornate and highly decorated, just about everything was touched. From exterior doors to interior designs, you can take a trip to Africa, Cuba, Italy, or Spain just by experiencing the talent of architectures of during this period.
Strength was the theme of the 1920s – 1930s. Bold and heavily patterned terrazzo floors, strongly etched windows, and an extreme use of cast concrete and different metals were the thing. Opposite of softness, angles were sharp and the stress was on geometry. Perfectly set to go with the themes of architecture of the Mayans and Egyptians, this decade brought these to the glistening city on the beach.
During the decade between the 1930s – 1940s, there was a celebration of transportation and industry. America hailed the new small appliances and so did Miami’s builders and designers. Autos, airplanes, ships, buses, and anything that could move you will still move you now as you walk along South Beach.
During the years between 1940s – 1960s, the garden was on everyone’s mind and style. Greenery and common gardens which allowed for the merging of indoor and outdoor also led to an increased social life. Common courtyards, ivy-covered walls, and walkways that led right into common areas lead to a great community connection.
As our sailors came home in the 1960s after the war, South Beach, Miami celebrated in the most nautical way. Anything of the sea including the animals of the ocean found their way all over. From courtyards and outdoor eating areas to allow guests to enjoy the Pacific Ocean to rooms missing all four walls, architects celebrated the ocean. This was the start of something everlasting as South Beach is wide open to the outside and allows for great natural views.
The years between 1940s -1960s honored The Garden Style. Courtyards, common garden areas, and even walkways encouraged social interaction and a sense of community as well invited the outdoors in and the indoors out.
Miami. Ancient Spanish architectural sits right next to all-glass soaring sky rise condo buildings. Take a walk through time as you experience the Miami Art Deco District.