June 15, 2004

Miami's Modernism



When you think of the architecture of Miami Beach, it is easy to focus on the famed Art Deco of South Beach. Produced in the 1920s and 1930s, those fanciful and now colorful structures seem the height of decorative architecture. But to limit a study of the island's great architecture to this district is to miss out on an equally elaborate and creative style located primarily to the north, and especially concentrated in the areas of Bay Harbor, Surfside and Bal Harbor. This distinct form of modernism is expressionistic and daring, employing severe angles and bold decorative devices. It is a southern Florida specialty known as Miami Modern, or more likely by the moniker, MiMo.