Saturday, April 2, 2011

Deco Delights 2

The Art Deco District on Ocean Drive

is mainly between 6th & 9th Streets

- South Beach's Deco District consists of

some 800 preserved buildings

Here're a couple of details of some of the buildings:

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Ocean Drive

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Florida's Art Deco version is called Tropical Deco .

Ocean liner features are comon in South Beach

. Motifs and friezes are typical for Tropical Deco style .
Leslie (1937)

- classic Art Deco hotel

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Breakwater (1939)

- by Anton Skislewicz

- a classic Sreamline Moderne hotel

- the central tower recalls both a ship's

funnel and the totems of American Indian culture - the building is under renovation at the moment,

almost ready to be opened

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Coloured stripes, "racing stripes",

give a feeling of speed & motion

- the railings edging the roof

imitate those on a ship's deck .

Waldorf Towers (1937)

- the ornamental lighthouse is one of

the most evocative examples of

Ocean Drive's "architecture for the seashore" - "eyebrows - flat overhangs above

the windows - are ideal for providing

shade against the unrelenting Miami sun

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The maritime influence on the design of the Waldorf

and some other hotels led to the coining

of the phrase

"Nautical Moderne" .

Note: the racing stripes

- typical of Streamline Moderne

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Colony (1935)

- one of Henry Hohauser's finest hotels

- Ocean Drive's most famous neon sign .

Beacon (1936)

- traditional abstract decoration

- an example of Leonard Horowitz's Deco Dazzle .

White, blue & green were popular colours

in the 1930s & '40s as they echo

Miami's tropical vegetation & the ocean .

Park Central (1937)

-designed by Henry Hohauser

- fine etched windows


Ocean Drive

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Strict rules!

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There're more Art Deco buldings on Collins Avenue

Most of the shops on Collins Avenue

are in nice smallish buildings

like Barneys Co-up .

Beautiful outdoor lamp

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The bigger buildings on Collins Avenue

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A modern? feature on the wall of a building
on Collins Avenue

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