From Coral to Concrete. The Moderns of Coral Gables: 1960-1980

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See it to believe it! Discover the unique mix of Coral Gables’ modern architectural heritage. 
Covering several blocks, this bus/walking tour will feature several glass and concrete structures including Brutalist and Neo-Brutalist commercial buildings designed by prominent local, national, and international architects during a 20-year span from 1960s through the 1980s. The 2-hour tour will showcase about 12 notable buildings by such architects as O.K. Houstoun, Walter Klements, Morris Lapidus, Roney Mateu, Albert J. Socol, and others. 

The main attractions are walking distance around the city’s downtown area. One stop with refreshments will offer a personalized external tour of a 1970s Brutalist beauty undergoing a transformation by Perkins + Will after being rescued from total demolition. Another opportunity will be a short visit and external tour of the recent restoration and addition of an iconic 1960s government building. 
The tour will feature at least one Morris Lapidus design as well as a design by his son-in-law, Maurice Weintraub. Tour participants will see the 1980s “ziggurat” design “Lion Building” by architect O.K. Houstoun who designed many projects around the city and beyond during this era.  


The tour will be led by Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables President, Dr. Karelia Martinez Carbonell and Mr. Albert Menendez, architect and immediate past chairman of the Coral Gables Historic Preservation Board. He presently serves on the Coral Gables Landmark Advisory Board.


Bus and Walking Tour 

Thursday 5/30, 9:30–11:30am 


Bus departs from Mayfair House Hotel. Attendees may disembark at either the University of Miami or the hotel.

All tours will be submitted for AIA credits.