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Architecture, Miami Beach

Even the parking garages are iconic on Lincoln Road
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  The "tropical playground" of Miami Beach has been an architectural laboratory from the start. While it's most often... more »

Tips:  What to bring: Be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen.

When to go: A morning walk is suggested May through October when heat and... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Lincoln Road Mall

Carl Fisher, Miami Beach's founding father, hacked Lincoln Road out of the mangrove forest around 1912, naming it for his favorite president and establishing his real estate office there. The street soon became the town's social center, filling up over the decades with vendors of luxury like Saks Fifth Avenue and the local Cadillac agency.

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2. 1111 Lincoln Road

A parking garage is a parking garage is a parking garage--except on Miami Beach where international celebrity architects are vying to see who can come out on top.

1111 Lincoln Road, at Alton Road at the western end of the mall has made the most headlines so far, reinterpreting what's called Tropical Modernism. Designed by the Swiss firm of... More

One of the city's best known examples of Art Deco architecture is the 440-seat Colony Theater, which opened on January 25, 1935, as part of the Paramount movie theater chain. Morris Lapidus had the original entrance moved around the corner when he turned the street into a mall.

Listed on the U.S. Registry of Historical Places, it has been a... More

4. Books & Books

Want to dig deeper into Miami Beach architecture? The place to go is Books & Books, an outpost of the independent, locally owned bookshop in Coral Gables, also with a shop at Concourse D at the Miami International Airport.

You'll spot the umbrellas of The Cafés@Books&Books on the north side of the mall. The café, which opens... More

Big architectural news of late on Miami Beach is Frank Gehry's New World Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall, which opened in early 2011 Unlike his vision for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, he has put his signature twisted forms on the inside -- Bilbao turned outside in. What you'll see from the 2.5-acre (1 hectare) park in front of the building is a... More

6. Miami Beach Community Church

Doing what his wife Jane told him, Carl Fisher -- developer of Miami Beach -- gave three lots on his new Lincoln Road to build the first church in Miami Beach -- Miami Beach Congregational Church, renamed Miami Beach Community Church within a year of its founding.

The sanctuary was dedicated on March 21, 1920, a Palm Sunday. By December Mrs.... More

Amble three blocks down Drexel Avenue from Lincoln Road through a quiet residential neighborhood or go one block east to Washington Avenue for a more commercial vibe as you head south. Either way, you arrive at Espanola Way or Historic Spanish Village, whose Mediterranean Revival style looks straight out of a Hollywood backlot.

Just north of... More