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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 »

perryKenzie L. Perry is the first leading artist to exhibit an art collection created exclusively for the 2nd Annual Cinco de MiMo Festival to showcase Miami Modern (MiMo) Architecture on Biscayne Boulevard. As a participating vendor in the festival last year, Perry saw a potential opportunity to celebrate his neighborhood and to help the MiMo Biscayne Association through his artistry. Continue Reading »

mimo-revealedAnother book we highly recommend is “MiMO: Miami Modern Revealed” by Eric P. Nash and Randall C. Robinson Jr.

The book is a survey of postwar architecture that populated the Miami from humble motels to grand oceanside resorts. MiMO was and is a unique form of architecture that found a home in Miami and Miami Beach.

While many people in Miami are familiar with the current state of the Vagabond Motel on Biscayne Boulevard, we thought we’d show you what it looked like back in its hey-day when it first opened in 1953.

The Vagabond was designed by Robert Swartburg who also designed the Delano hotel in Miami Beach in 1947 and the Marseilles hotel in 1948.  Continue Reading »

Beau Rivage

The Beau Rivage Resort Motel was located at 99th Street and Collins Avenue in Bal Harbour, Florida.