Art Deco Historic District South Beach

Walking, bicycle and private group tours are available. Walking tours of the district depart from the Art Deco Welcome Center every day 10:30 a.m., with an additional tour on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Self-guided audio-tour available daily. Private group tours are also available. The nation’s largest 20th Century District, the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. The District features more than 900 historic buildings, mostly erected in the 1920s and 1930s. Most of the historic buildings are Art Deco, but others are styled Mediterranean Revival, Miami Modern, or Vernacular. Most of the buildings are styled after Second-Wave Art Deco known as Streamline Moderne, which began with the stock market crash and ended in most cases with the outbreak of World War II. The style is less ornate—a reflection of the scarcity of the Great Depression. Stripped Classic or Depression Moderne is a sub-style that was commonly used for governmental buildings, the U.S. Post Office being the best example in Miami Beach. Miami Beach architects used local imagery to create what we now call Tropical Deco. These buildings feature relief ornamentation featuring whimsical flora, fauna and ocean-liner motifs to reinforce the image of Miami Beach as a seaside resort.



c/o Miami Design Preservation League
1001 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 672-2014


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