Dining with MiMO

If you would like to take in some MiMO architecture while engaging in some of the finest dining in town, check out the top restaurants at the Fontainebleau Hotel ( see them all here ) listed below. The Fontainebleau is located at 4441 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.

Haute Chinese cuisine from Hong Kong’s Michelin-starred Chef Alan Yau takes center stage at the Fontainebleau’s Hakkasan where 4 set dim sum menus await your brunch-time delight. Enjoy 5 courses of dumplings, tea smoked BBQ meat, fresh seafood, stir-fried veggies and a hand pulled noodle dish for $28 per person.

Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Chef Scott Conant’s chic Italian eatery Scarpetta with a four-course prix fixe meal including complimentary wine pairings for $55 per person. Highlights of the evening include the creamy mushroom polenta, Conant’s signature spaghetti, prime aged sirloin and the decadent Amedei chocolate cake.

La Cote is an outdoor dining experience situated on an elevated dining platform offering full views of the pool area and the Atlantic ocean. The Fontainebleau Resort’s poolside restaurant is a slice of St. Tropez!

A quick note to point out a blog post we found for those looking for a great way to explore Miami Beach’s MiMo architecture on a bicycle. While this post focuses on Lincoln Road Mall, it also describes to best way to get on up into the MiMo district where the ghost of Morris Lapidus still lingers around the Fontainebleau, Eden Roc and Seacoast Towers.

While Lincoln Road Mall has little in the way of MiMo architecture, it’s still a great pit-stop as you make your way up the Beach in search of mid-century modern sights.

The post also points out some parks and rest areas, in addition to several good restaurants and watering holes. It’s a great way to spend the day exploring Miami Beach.


ABBOTT TERRACE MOTEL 8. APTS. — 8116 Abbott Avenue. On attractive grounds, 2 blocks west off Collins Avenue, 200 yards from beach. Housekeeping units and hotel rooms. Air cooling or air conditioning, electric heat and tiled shower or combination baths; TV available.

ANCHOR MOTOR INN — 18970 Collins Avenue. Private beach, small, quiet vacation spot with rooms and apartments. Continue Reading »

Driftwood Motel circa 1958

Driftwood Motel circa 1958

The Driftwood Motel was located at 17121 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles, Florida and was another of Norman Giller’s designs from 1952. It was built in two separate stages, the first was a two story section on the north side of the site, then later another three story section was joined to the existing structure to complete the motel.

Also notice the S-curved second story glass wall above the auto parking area.

Exceeding the Most Enviable Expectation

The right people awarded overwhelming recognition to this new motel. Exceeding the most enviable expectations — The DRIFTWOOD Motel — a motel that is different, featuring deluxe hotel accommodations, yet never losing the informality of a motel … thrills of luxury and elegance await you. The fabulous Driftwood is truly a Vacation Paradise. Continue Reading »

Blue Mist Motel

The Blue Mist Resort Motel was located at 191st Street and Collins Avenue in what was then Miami Beach.

Blue Mist Motel

Among its features was a private sandy beach, rooms equipped with kitchenettes, a Coffee Shop and Cocktail Lounge. Its advertising also said… Continue Reading »

Admiral Vee motel in Miami, Florida

Admiral Vee Motel in Miami

The Admiral Vee Motel at 8000 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami was designed by Maurice Weintraub in 1957. It ceased operation as a motel in approximately 1967 and was later re-opened as the “Millionaires Club” owned by TV and film star Paul Lynde. The club featured live performances by artists such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others. The Admiral Vee Motel is now a busy photography studio called Glasshaus Studios.

Admiral Vee Pool Area

Admiral Vee Pool Area

Aloha Motel in Miami

Aloha Motel in Miami, Florida

Aloha Motel in Miami, Florida

The Aloha Motel was located at 7500 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, Florida and was described as..

Private Pool. Free TV in Rooms. Air Conditioned and heated. Cocktail Lounge. Coffee Shop. Sound Proofed Rooms. Free Parking on Premises. Telephone in Each room. Phone PL 7-0616

Beach Patrol HQ in Miami BeachThe City of Miami Beach celebrates the recent completion of its historical 10th Street Auditorium and Beach Patrol headquarters. These historic facilities, originally constructed in 1953 and 1939 respectively, were recently restored to modern-day use while honoring their MiMo architectural style and nautical Art Deco theme. The grand facilities will be unveiled on Continue Reading »

mia-mod140The two decades that followed World War II were a period of extraordinary growth in Miami and Miami Beach. During that time, architectural modernism provided a framework for the city’s new urban patterns, novel building types, evolving aesthetics and emerging environmental consciousness. Modernism is appropriately a lens through which to examine Miami’s postwar development Continue Reading »

capitman by Tom HollymanWhile Art Deco architecture is distinctly different from the Miami Modern theme of this site, we feel this particular event is well worth mentioning to our readers.

Miami Design Preservation League activists fought against all odds 30 years ago to save Miami Beach’s Art Deco architecture from bulldozers and demolition, and few could have imagined the impact their efforts would have on the city’s future.  Led by founder Barbara Baer Capitman, the League won its landmark battle on May 14, 1979, when the Art Deco District was named to the National Register of Historic Places – the first time a 20th century district was recognized as Historic by the U.S. government.   Continue Reading »