Art-itecture: The World Of Miami Art Deco

This post comes from our NYC social media specialist, Joanna

When I think of Miami, I think of white sandy beaches, palm trees, and bikinis. But one of my favorite things about the city is the Art Deco-inspired architecture. Art-itecture, if you will! So, when I flew from snowy New York City to spend a week in the sun, I had bright colors, pink sidewalks, and Art Deco on the mind. I couldn’t wait to tour the city, referred to as the “American Riviera” by some.  The majority of these pastel buildings were built between 1923 and 1943 and served as hangouts for Hollywood stars such as Clark Gable and Rita Hayworth… I can almost imagine seeing Rita kicking back on a hotel porch, martini in hand. My imagination ran wild with each building I discovered, thinking about what Miami Beach may have been like back in the 1930’s with these gorgeous Art Deco hotels sitting so pretty against the long coast line. As I walked up and down Ocean Drive, I weaved in and out of alleyways, trying to catch a glimpse of a hidden ‘Deco detail. The font used on buildings is inspiration alone. The Art Deco District of South Beach is one of my favorite pieces of land in the country. Really! Whenever I visit, I feel like I am in a pocket of the world that is still a little hidden, but exploding with playfulness and charm. I love to let my imagination wander as I allow the history of South Beach to wash over me. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I loved taking them. And, if you can, get down to South Beach to see it for yourself!

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I just visited Miami for the first time this past October. Unfortunately I was there for a conference so I didn’t get a lot of time to explore the city, but it really is gorgeous! And you’re right, the architecture is a definite highlight.

xx Kathryn
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Ok it;s official…I want to live in an old hotel in Miami immediately.

Emma
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Kathy

My first apartment was on South Beach. We lived in an Art Deco building on Euclid Drive. It was a wonderful year living on Miami Beach. I live in Charlotte, NC now and miss the sandy beaches and warm weather. Thanks for the awesome pics, it reminded me of home.

Beautiful! I have been longing for a sunny, warm escape. This might just have to be the place ;)

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Alexandra
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I love Art Deco! Why have I never been to Miami?? Great shots, really!
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komal varshney

Thanks for sharing amazing

This is a great spot to sit and reflect! Especially as it warms up! You can still go there all the time, it’s just off the art – deco!