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Miami's Art Deco District

A tour of South Beach's architectural treasures
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Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  With its warm beaches and tropical surroundings, Miami Beach in the early 20th century was establishing itself as America’s winter... more »

Tips:  Many of the candy-colored hotels have survived and been restored. They are among the more than 800 buildings of historical... more »

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Points of Interest

Run by the Miami Design Preservation League, the center provides information about the buildings in
the district. A gift shop sells 1930s–50s art deco memorabilia, posters, and books on Miami’s history. Several tours — covering Lincoln Road,
Española Way, North Beach, and several others, along with the Art Deco district — start here. You... More

Essex House Hotel, a 1938 gem that appears permanently anchored at 1001 Collins Avenue, is a stunning example of Maritime deco (also known as Nautical Moderne). Designed by Henry Hohauser to evoke an ocean liner, the hotel is rife with marine elements, from the rows of porthole-style windows and natty racing stripes to the towering smokestack-like... More

The name spelled vertically in eye-popping neon on The Hotel's iconic aluminum spire—Tiffany—bears evidence of its earlier incarnation. When the L. Murray Dixon–designed Tiffany Hotel was erected at 801 Collins Avenue in 1939, neon was still a novelty. Its use, coupled with the spire’s rocket-like shape, combined to create a futuristic look... More

4. Park Central Hotel

Terrazzo—a compound of cement and stone chips that could be poured, then polished—is a hallmark of deco design. Terrazzo floors typically had a geometric pattern, and you won't find a better example than the one in the Park Central Hotel, a 1937 building by Henry Hohauser at 640 Ocean Drive

Address: 1020 Ocean Drive

Address: 1220 Ocean Drive

7. The Leslie

Address: 1244 Ocean Drive

Address: 1250 Ocean Drive

9. The Cardozo

Address: 1300 Ocean Drive

The decorative stucco friezes outside the Cavalier Hotel at 1320 Ocean Drive are significant for more than aesthetic reasons. Roy France used them to add symmetry (adhering to the “Rule of Three”) and accentuate the hotel’s verticality by drawing the eye upward. The pattern he chose also reflected a fascination with ancient civilizations... More

11. The Winterhaven

Address: 1400 Ocean Drive

Inspired by everything from car fenders to airplane noses, proponents of art deco’s Streamline Moderne look began to soften buildings’ hitherto boxy edges. But when Henry Hohauser designed Hoffman’s Cafeteria in 1940 he took moderne to the max. The landmark at 1450 Collins Avenue (now Jerry’s Famous Deli) has a sleek, splendidly curved facade. The... More