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Miami Beach Art Deco District

  • Also Known As: Old Miami Beach Historic District
  • NRHP Name: Miami Beach Architectural District

  • Vicinity: Roughly bounded by Atlantic Ocean, Miami Beach Blvd., Alton Rd and Collins Canal
  • Neighborhood of South Beach in Miami Beach
  • Type: Urban Walk
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District
  • Activity Category: On Foot

The Miami Beach Architectural District (sometimes called the Art Deco District) contains the largest concentration of 1920s and 1930s resort architecture in the United States. These vibrantly colored buildings represent an era when Miami Beach was heavily promoted and developed as a tropical playground.The district was one of the earliest National Register listings to recognize the importance of the architecture of this period. The area was laid out and developed rapidly, resulting in an extraordinary architectural consistency. The buildings constructed in the 1920s were designed almost exclusively in the Mediterranean Revival style, while those built in the 1930s are in the Art Deco, International, or Moderne styles. The district can be divided into three neighborhood types based on function and use - the seasonal hotel area (along Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue) with such notable hotels as the Amsterdam, reputed to be a replica of Christopher Columbus' home in Santo Domingo; the commercial area (along Washington Avenue and Lincoln Road); and the residential area (concentrated in the eighty square blocks surrounding Flamingo Park) with one of the largest concentrations of Mediterranean style residences in the United States. - NPS



The Betsy Ross Hotel
The Clyde Hotel

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Particulars for Miami Beach Art Deco District:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Community Planning and Development
Area of Significance Entertainment - Recreation
Historic Use Health care resort
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Historic Use Hotel
Architectural Style Late 19th and 20th century revivals
Material Mixed Media
Architectural Style Moderne
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Single dwelling
Historic Use Specialty store

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 14th May 1979

Registry Name: Miami Beach Architectural District
Registry Address: Roughly bounded by Atlantic Ocean, Miami Beach Blvd., Alton Rd. and Collins Canal
Registry Number: 79000667
Resource Type: District
Owner: Mixed
Architect: Multiple
Architectural Style: Late 19th and 20th century revivals, Moderne
Area in Acres: 575
Contributing Buildings: 961
Other Certification: Additional documentation, Additional documentation
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Community Planning and Development, Entertainment-recreation, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Criteria Consideration: Significance of less than fifty years
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949
Historic Function: Domestic, Commerce, Trade, Health care
Historic Sub-Function: Hotel, Single dwelling, Specialty store, Resort
Current Function: Domestic, Commerce, Trade, Health care
Current Sub-Function: Single dwelling Hotel Resort Specialty store

Activities »

Activity Category On Foot
On Foot Type Urban Walk

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