We’ve spent the last week in Miami and one of the things we love most about South Beach is the art deco architecture found on Ocean Drive. Most of the buildings these days are expensive boutique hotels, and although we couldn’t afford to stay in one we got to peek inside some of the gorgeous hotel lobbies that transport you to the 1930s on our Art Deco walking tour.
Although we aren’t usually fans of tours, this year we’ve come to love small group walking tours around a certain theme. Often for us that’s food but in South Beach we wanted to learn more about this famous style.
The Breakwater Hotel shows the use of clean lines, symmetry and ziggurat (zig zag) shapes that typify art deco. Bright colours weren’t used when the buildings were built in the 1930s, but in the 1980s they were repainted by the Miami Vice crew. The popular TV show was filmed here and helped with the revival of South Beach after a period of poverty and dilapidation.
The Breakwater also helped South Beach regain its heyday in the 80s by hosting a Calvin Klein photo shoot on its roof of Kate Moss. The popular ad showed the possibilities for this ocean front area and since then it’s popularity has risen dramatically.
We’ll be writing more about South Beach’s art deco buildings soon.