What you Should Know About Miami Beach Architecture

Did you know that Miami Beach is architecture is protected by the Miami Beach Historic Protection Board (MBHPB)? After the vicious hurricane of September 1926, which totally ruined the city, and left some 400 dead, Miami Beach saw a building era of rebuilding focused primarily on resurrecting the fledgling resort community in the chic new style that had come out of the 1925 Paris Exposition known as simply to Art Deco.

Historic Distric

Miami Beach Historic District counts with four of the local Miami Beach Historic Districts (Espanola Way, Collins / Washington Avenues, Museum, and Flamingo Park) together comprise the National Register Art Deco District.

The other local districts are Altos Del Mar, Harding Townsite/South Altos Del Mar, Ocean Beach, Palm View and the John S. Collins Waterfront Historic District. A tenth district, the North Beach Resort Historic District, with a significant number of MiMobuildings has recently been designated. What FinishBuild loves about this area is the fact that in Miami Beach the ordinance protects public interiors, besides being a great example that not following the conventional can make you extraordinary.

In Miami Beach you might find three architectural styles which are predominant around this coast area:

        1. Art Deco

2. Mediterranean Revival

3. MiMo (Miami Modernism)

Miami and its Art Deco certainly, offers to the city a wealth panorama of architecture to explore, and in some cases to visit too. Miami Beach Coral House, for instance, built in 1916, is one of these former homes, now under the approval of the Miami Beach Historical Society. Visitors can explore it, joined to a larger structure, at 900 Collins Avenue in South Beach. In case you are in the mood for a different but also relaxed trip, FinishBuild suggest surrounded yourself by historic hardwood hammocks, rock-land habitats or tropical fruit groves that are more than a century old.

Art Deco

Miami Beach architecture is based on symmetrical reliefs inspired by seagoing life as well as the age of machines, curved staircases, rounded corners, glass block walls, terrazzo floors and neon lighting. Places like the renowned hotels along Ocean Drive, including the Colony, as well as nearby venues such as the Marlin, are good examples of what Art Deco is.

Mediterranean style

Coming from late 1920s and 1930s is a unique hybrid style between the “familiar” and the “new” which include clean ziggurat roof lines and crisp geometric detailing replaced scrolled parapets, and bracketed cornices.

The predominant exterior material for Mediterranean style was smooth stucco. Featured stucco areas were often patterned or scored. In addition windows ranged from wood and steel casement to wood double hung. Some of the architects in Miami Beach that designed structures in this style, were V. H. Nellenbogen, and for a closer look you might see his samples in 344 Ocean Beach Apartments.

MiMo: Miami Modern

What FinishBuild enjoy about MiMo (Miami Modern) is it large gamma of glamorous, theatrical and vivid interior design themes such as kidney-shaped pools, mosaic murals, round beds and curved sofas, animal prints, and colors like cobalt and red. The Angler’s Boutique Resort, a hotel on Washington Avenue, is our best example, in addition Versace mansion, popular in clean taste but tragic story.

Another Chic style that FinishBuild consider to mention:

Eclectic style: Foundations with sharp gable roofs, half-frame (exposed) timbers, and Gothic window lintel details are clearly not a part of the natural architectural progression of the eclectic style of between 1920s and 1950s.

The Garden Style: Garden Style in Miami Beach is well-known by the entryway and public walkways placed on the exterior, where they are open to the natural elements and surround a common garden area. Very popular among the  40’s and 60’s, the garden style is an icon of Miami Beach cafes which basically consists on cantilevered balconies with ornamental pierced block railings, and sometimes exuberantly detailed shaped iron rails on stairs and along open walkways.

Miami Beach buildings are so important do to the fact, properties own elements that are no longer in use because they are endangered or threatened. So, whether if for the nightlife, sand, music, business or shopping do not pass on the opportunity of checking the story behind this colorful coast such as Miami Beach, explore for instance Coral Castle, which is an oddity of a place constructed by a brokenhearted man as a tribute to a lost fiancé out of huge coral rocks. Check why it is a luxurious lovely story.

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