Miami’s Art Deco District: Experience Vintage Design like Nowhere Else

In 1925, an exhibit was held in Paris for seven months. The event, entitled Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, showed decorative arts including architecture, interior design, furniture, and jewelry by over fifteen thousand artisans from all over the world. Many creations were seen for the first time, and this new style was given the name “style moderne.” Eventually, it became known as art deco.

Fast-forward more than ninety years, and art deco still attracts a large following. Fans of art deco are witnessing a resurgence in the design thousands of miles away from its origins.

Miami’s Art Deco District is a patch of land that is home to over eight hundred art deco structures, many of which were built in the 1920s to 1940s. Due to the sheer number of buildings following this theme, Magic City has the largest concentration of art deco architecture.

But it’s not only on the outside that these buildings have been inspired by art deco; they have also been praised for their stunning interiors. Miami’s Art Deco District was the first twentieth century neighborhood acknowledged in the National Register of Historic Places, according to National Geographic.

Art deco architecture is what gives Miami its “international flair,” according to an article by Discover Homes. And it’s hard to disagree, as a collection of this magnitude, with its pastel and white buildings, flowing lines, and gleaming finishes, cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

The world famous Ocean Drive, for instance, is lined with art deco hotels, including the Cavalier, Park Central, The Carlyle, and The Breakwater, all of which were listed by Fodor’s Travel as the best Art Deco buildings in Miami Beach. Park Central is one of the oldest in the area, and was a favorite spot among big Hollywood stars. From the likes of Clark Gable and Rita Hayworth all the way to today’s hottest celebrities, this hotel is a classic destination for both Hollywood stars and tourists.

Apart from the accommodations, there are theaters and cafeterias, which were also designed with art deco elements. Even relatively young establishments such as Señor Frogs follow the style so as not to veer away from the vintage vibe of the area.

Where To Start Your Adventure

The Art Deco Welcome Center is the entry point for all tourists who wish to immerse themselves in the Art Deco architecture of Miami. It’s on the corner of Ocean Drive and 10th Street.

Its Visitor Center prepares tourists by providing them with the history behind the style and the buildings, which you will see as you go along your tour. An Art Deco Museum was also opened recently to cater to design enthusiasts and regular visitors.

Author: Chloe Hughes