North Beach: Beyond Art Deco, Miami Beach’s Exuberant Postwar Architecture

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Despite being a city best known for its Art Deco architecture, Miami Beach is home to an incredible collection of postwar Modern buildings and structures. North Beach has one of the largest and most cohesive concentrations of Miami Modern (MiMo) buildings, nearly 700, in South Florida. They include landmark hotels, commercial buildings, and garden-style apartment buildings. North Beach neighborhoods also incorporate other architectural styles, including Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco, and Moderne – all blending together to give a distinctively urban character to this northern part of Miami Beach. 
The tour will depart from Lincoln Road, a Morris Lapidus designed pedestrian mall and will progress to the northern end of the city. Attendees will get an exclusive behind the scenes look at the glamourous Fontainebleau Hotel. From there, the tour will make a stop at the Miami Beach Bandshell, where guests will depart the bus for a walking tour of the north beach’s residential multi-family neighborhoods. The tour will conclude with a final stop at the spectacular International Inn located on Normandy Isle along Biscayne Bay. 


The tour will be led by Deborah Tackett, the Historic Preservation and Architecture Officer for the City of Miami Beach. 

Planning Notes: We recommend pairing this tour with the morning tour "South Beach: Deco-Modern to Gehry" and planning to get lunch and stay in Miami Beach for the day, but it is not required to do so. Tour participants who are doing the South Beach morning tour have the option to stay in Miami Beach after the morning tour and meet up with the North Beach tour at the meeting location (TBA). 

Bus and Walking Tour* 
Saturday,  June 1, 1:30–5:00pm   

*Bus picks from the Mayfair House Hotel. 

All tours will be submitted for AIA credits.