MIAMI ART DECO DISTRICT
LOCATION: South Beach, FL • May 16th, 2018
During my recent trip to Miami, I stayed in the South Beach area and fell in love with the architecture style that is recognized as Art Deco. The palette mixed of soft and bright pastels isquintessential Miami. Just walking the streets and admiring the architecture took me back in time to the glitz and glamour of past decades filled with neon signs and twirl worthy dresses which inspired this look. This crisp white dress seemed fitting for the atmosphere and I know I will continue to wear it during the spring/summer months to come. I love the ruffle sleeve detail and the gathered waist creating a stunning feminine silhouette. I definitely wasn’t prepared for the amount of art deco architecture that fills the concentrated area of South Beach. I wish I had better prepared to see and experience all the historical buildings which is why I wanted to share some tips for your next trip.
I highly recommend researching the iconic buildings you hope to see and instagram ahead of time, this will be a huge time saver. I mistakenly just strolled Ocean Drive which was fun to explore on a whim however I didn’t realize the mass amount of art deco there was to see. I walked for a solid 2 hours and didn’t get to all of the iconic buildings. If you are a detailed planner be sure to stop by the Art Deco Welcome Center located at 1001 Ocean Drive. Here you can grab a map, hear about the history of the art deco movement, layout your plan of action to explore hotels, restaurants, and other art deco structures or if you are a minimal planner you can join a self guided or tour guided art deco walking tour. Here are a few of my favorite buildings I spotted!
- The Carlyle- one of the most recognizable fixtures of the Ocean Drive for nearly 75 years, known for being seen in movies like Scarface and The Birdcage.
- The McAlpin- perfectly symmetrically designed and covered in pastel hues of pink and turquoise.
- The Delano- Named after President Roosevelt and at the time it was built it held the title for the tallest building in Miami. It is definitely a huge structure and has a grand entrance that can’t be missed.
There are so many more noteworthy buildings I hope to see on a future trip! In addition to all the commercial art deco structures there are also tons of beautiful residential buildings a few blocks inland from Ocean drive.