When I choose content for this humble blog, I try to keep things really specific and wrap-your-mind-around-able: a building, a ghost sign, a single natural site, the work of one artist. The South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach is filled with late Art Deco architecture and, although it’s expansive, it fits the bill for its over all architectural consistency.
Above is the Cardozo Hotel, which is owned by Gloria Estefan. Rhythm is gonna get you… Below is an example of the architectural flow of pastel Art Moderne hotel buildings:
In the presence of the highly-groomed Eurotrash parading down Ocean Dr. like it’s an upscale meat market, we kept our eyes and cameras firmly focused on the buildings, appreciating the awesome architecture and commercial signage:
A bit of advice: a lot of the amazing architecture is on the West side of the street, facing the ocean so, for better photos, you’re better off visiting in the morning. I was strolling around in the late afternoon, capturing the low sun behind the buildings, which is less than ideal.
I don’t know anything about staying in any of these hotels but, just based on façade ornamentation, I think my vote is for the Cavalier Hotel [the rates are actually not outrageous]:
Whoa, what’s going on here? The top seems too small for a revolving rooftop restaurant, so what is it?
We didn’t partake in any of the shopping or clubbing that seems de rigueur in South Beach; we were there strictly for the architecture [and the ghost signs]. It’s rare to find yourself in a neighborhood whose buildings are almost all from the same period and in the same style [that’s one of the reasons why Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati is so special]. Apparently the only other place is the world that contains so much Art Deco is the town of Napier, New Zealand — putting that on my bucket list.