Art Deco district and Beaches
The Art Deco district in Miami Beach well worth a visit. So we start our walk through the Art Deco district of Miami Beach in Florida at Lincoln Street Mall. This is the pedestrian street in South Beach. This is lined with boutiques, restaurants and bars. Away from the Miami Beaches, you can not only shop well, but also take a break with a fruit cocktail or a Cafe Cubano.
Art Deco Miami Beach
While strolling through the pedestrian zone, we first discover Art Deco jewelry on the houses in the Art Deco architectural style. This Cadillac Art Deco advertisement dates back to the early days of Miami Beach's Art Deco District. It is a good example of how the Miami architectural style was used for commercial purposes at that time.
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Miami Art Deco features
The curved lines are typical of the Art Deco architecture of Miami Beach. We often notice them. One example of this is the Lincoln Theater, a movie theater on Lincoln Street Mall. The pastel colors of the houses are also typical of the Miami architectural style. Together with the layout of the rooms, which are often grouped around an inner courtyard, they also give the buildings from the Art Deco era an airy appearance.
Discover the Art Deco district of Miami
Spanish Quarter Miami
Past pastel-colored, Art Deco-style residences, we continue our walk south. Our destination is the Espanola Way, a Miami neighborhood with lots of buildings in Art Deco architecture. Typical are the sun visors over the windows. These should keep the heat and the sun out of the living spaces. Because the houses were built in a time when no air conditioners for coolness in the interiors made. The beaches of Miami can be hot and humid, especially in summer.
Many of the Art Deco houses are therefore built around a private courtyard. This could provide sufficient air exchange in the rooms because windows can be opened on both sides of the room. The cooler air from the shady courtyard ensures a pleasant room climate with the window open. So even the hot summer days on the Beaches of Miami bearable.
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Espanola Way, Miami Beach
At Espanola Way we notice Spanish stylistic elements in the pastel-colored houses. Traditional hotels, hostels, bodegas, bistros and sidewalk cafes line the street on both sides.
Al Capone was vacationing in the Miami Art Deco district
History was made in one of them, the Clay Hotel. The Chicago mobster Al Capone and his gang spent the holidays here. In return, he assured the city that he would not engage in any criminal activity during his stay. He allegedly kept his promise. The facade of the hotel also appeared in the opening credits of the "Miami Vice" television series. This eventually caused a renaissance of South Beach.
Nautical decor are Art Deco features in the Art Deco District
Following Espanola Way to Collins Avenue, you will arrive at Jerry's Deli. Its facade reminds a little of a steamboat. This is also typical of the Art Deco style, which likes to use nautical elements in its architecture. This fits well with the maritime lifestyle at the Miami Beaches.
Across the street, the Z Ocean Hotel also grabs this architectural style. Here, however, the hotel's facade is more reminiscent of one of the great ocean liners that arrive day after day at the Port of Miami Beach.
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Ocean Drive in the Art Deco district of Miami Beach
We pass through the Z Ocean Hotel. So we finally arrive directly on the Ocean Drive and the Miami Beaches. Here, one Art Deco building stretches to the next, with its typical pastel-colored décor. A stroll along this road will take you past the finest examples of Art Deco buildings in South Beach.
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