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May 31, 2006
From journal Summer in South Beach
MIAMI BEACH, Florida
August 16, 2005
Just a note: On weekends, all non-metered parking spaces are reserved for residential permits only. You must park at a meter or in the parking garage at 13th and Collins. If you park illegally, you will be towed, and it will cost you $190 to get your car.
From journal Art Deco District: South Beach, Miami
Bayside, New York
July 19, 2004
The name "Art Deco" is an abbreviated form of a much longer French phrase that was the name of an architectural exposition that took place in the early 20th century. This architectural type was born in Europe and traveled here with the genesis of the industrial revolution. Over the span of the 20 or so years between the two world wars, certain characteristics evolved that were attributed to this movement. Since there were many, I will try to not overwhelm you with minutiae.
One of the most striking is what they call the rule of "three’s". A building’s façade will have three windows, or three bandings of same or contrasting color, or three eyebrows. The latter is thought to have been influenced by the Egyptians. Think of eyebrows as linings over arches. Next are the pastel colors; at times complementary and other times, quite contrasting and bold. The restored and newer buildings sport strong blues, Arizona adobe brick colors that are anything but demure. I couldn’t stop looking at the Portofino Tower, which is a fairly new high-riser at the end of Collins Avenue, which is a marvel of proportion and harmony, and screams turquoise and lobster. Have a look at the photo.
A great influence on the usage of certain materials came with new manufactured materials: you could therefore have a building incorporating etched glass, or glass blocks, wrought iron railings that would simulate ships’ decks, spires reminiscent of radio towers, with slabs of concrete and the ultimate deco signature, the neon light.
The lettering which is associated with Broadway is a child of the Art Deco era. Think of the Brooklyn diner, the Chrysler Building, the AMC theaters - those are all examples of the style.
Right on Ocean Avenue and about 7th Street is the Art Deco Welcome Center. We never went in because we saw it late at night. It most likely will have some literature on the history of the area with the striking examples of each genre. Should you be as fascinated as I am by the subject matter, you could turn to the following websites for more information and photos:
From journal Locos in Miami