Miami Is for Art Deco Lovers
In popular media, Miami has long been portrayed as a playground for the well-to-do with some of the best nightlife in the country. However, as anyone who has been there will tell you, it’s much more than fancy cars, impressive yachts, and thumping nightclubs — it’s actually a breathtakingly beautiful city, both culturally and architecturally. Miami, as it turns out, might have the largest concentration of Art Deco-style buildings of any sunny city.
What Is Art Deco?
Art Deco is a design language that originated in France just before World War I and became the predominant architectural influence of the 1920s and 1930s. It’s often regarded as the first “international architecture”, and it brought about the birth of what we now know as modern architecture.
Art Deco is characterized by sleek geometric or stylized forms that are sometimes coupled with ornate details to create a dramatic presence not found in other forms of architecture. Both then and now, Art Deco oozed opulence, sophistication, sleekness, and grandiosity — making it perfect for a blossoming, decadent Miami, then America’s most fashionable holiday hotspot.
Some examples of Art Deco include The Empire State Building in New York City, Christ the Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro, and The Carlyle in Miami, which was made famous by films such as Bad Boys II, The Birdcage, and Scarface.
Art Deco in Miami
Today, Miami and Art Deco go together like cafecitos and pastelitos, but it wasn’t always that way. In 1976, many of Miami’s Art Deco structures were at risk of being scrapped and replaced by high rises, but the Miami Design Preservation League stepped in to create the Art Deco Historic District.
Not long after the formation of the preservation league, the prolific, well-known pop artist Andy Warhol — a self-proclaimed Art Deco enthusiast — left New York City to visit the newly formed district. His visit attracted lots of press and helped solidify Art Deco’s cool factor.
Since then, the Art Deco Historic District has made its way into plenty of television and film, often serving as the backdrop in shows like Miami Vice, further weaving this design language into the fabric of American culture overall.
Today, many people still adore Art Deco and indulge in their love of the timeless style by taking a walking tour of the district. Should they fall in love with the area and decide to ‘live the good life in Miami, there’s plenty of Deco to go around — like this 1 bed, 1 bath condo listed for $240k in Miami Beach or this 2 bed, 2 bath apartment listed for $400k that offers a healthy dose of vintage flair.
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