From the Everglades to South Beach…what a contrast! We pull into the Art Deco Welcome Center on Ocean Drive and rent a couple of iPods for a walking tour of the characteristic architectural structures that make the area what it is.
The Leslie Hotel getting some additional restoration.
As we walk along Ocean Ave. toward the next building we come across this laid back/thrown back artisan, weaving palm fronds into amazing baskets, bowls, etc. with incredible speed and skill. His patter also sucks us in and we make a couple of purchases. You never know.
The Carlyle is up and running, and like many of the restorations on Ocean and Collins Aves. offering al fresco drinks and meals to the young South Beach set.
The Cardozo, named after the Supreme Court Justice (I knew his great grandson in college) seems to be thriving.
The Cavalier is a real classic reflecting the geometric patterns and colors of the era.
The “eyebrows” and rounded corners of the Winter Haven are classic too.
The Winter Haven interior brings back the true feel of the Art Deco movement.
The Commodore with its portholes and rounded corners seems to welcome you aboard.
Public buildings didn’t escape the design. Here’s the working post office. It has a spectacular interior as well.
Not exactly art deco, but stepping into the present/future. Marsha only bought one pair – not.
The tour continues….
The Tiffany building is ready for blast off.
As we move back toward the center we get the distinct feeling that the area is changing again. Between the type of retail stores (plenty of tattoo parlors and head shops) and the replacement of the hip, chic young inhabitants with kind of sloppy, uncool high school and college kids…we’re reminded of what happened to places like New Hope, PA and South St. in Philly.
It’s still an architectural wonder, and real thanks goes to the Miami Design Preservation League.
As the sun sets on the Marlin we start heading to our old favorite Miami eatery, Joe’s Stone Crabs to celebrate a belated Marsha Birthday.
A picture is worth….