Art Deco Tour in Miami (Self Guided), Miami

Take a tour to visit the most astounding constructions and places of interest in the Miami Beach Art Deco District. The buildings were built by famous architects and their design is worth to be admired. Aside from this, the tour will help you learn new things about the history of the city.
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Art Deco Tour in Miami Map

Guide Name: Art Deco Tour in Miami
Guide Location: USA » Miami (See other walking tours in Miami)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: stacey
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Delano Hotel
  • Sagamore Hotel
  • The Tides Hotel
  • Old City Hall
  • Art Deco Welcome Center
  • Clevelander Hotel
  • Lummus Park Beach
  • The Park Central Hotel
Delano Hotel

1) Delano Hotel

Delano is an Art Deco hotel designed by Philippe Starck and it is located on the oceanfront. The hotel features an impressive indoor and outdoor lobby, white furnishings, a large pool with gentle underwater music and a garden that leads to the beach.
Sagamore Hotel

2) Sagamore Hotel

Sagamore is an art hotel known for its impressive contemporary art collection. It features a white, beautiful modernist facade and is situated in an exclusive and unique location near the ocean.
The Tides Hotel

3) The Tides Hotel

The Tides hotel is one of the tallest and most elegant Art Deco hotels in Miami Beach. It is very beautiful, done almost entirely in white linens and candles. It is considered a sophisticated, sedate and luxurious building in a contemporary atmosphere.
Old City Hall

4) Old City Hall

The Old City Hall is a Mediterranean style building that was once used as the headquarters of the Municipal Government of Miami. It has recently been renovated to house other government offices.

The Old City Hall was designed by architect Martin Luther Hampton in 1927. It was built after a devastating hurricane that damaged most buildings in Miami in 1926. It has seven floors with wide arches reflecting the Mediterranean revivalist architecture that was popular in the 1920s and 30s. At the time of its construction, Old City Hall became the symbol of resurrection of the city. It served as the seat of the municipal government of Miami from 1927 to 1977. In 1993, the building was renovated and housed both government and private offices and retail establishments.

Old City Hall was declared a historic structure in 1983. The National Trust for Historic Preservation declared that the building required restoration in 1999 and brought it under a project to save America’s treasures. The structure was given hurricane protection, the external walls and beams were weatherproofed and the doors and windows were made moisture resistant without destroying the Mediterranean charm of the building’s appearance. Today, it houses the Miami Dade County Court and the Miami Design Preservation League and other Miami Beach government offices.
Art Deco Welcome Center

5) Art Deco Welcome Center

The Art Deco Welcome Center located at Ocean Drive in Miami Beach is run by the Miami Design Preservation League and hosts tours, lectures, films and exhibitions about the Art Deco district of the city. The purpose of the center is to preserve the unique architecture found on the three streets that make up the district.

The Art Deco district of Miami consists of three parallel streets, Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue. In the 1920s and 30s art deco was regarded as an ultra modern style of architecture. Today, it has become retrograde. The art deco buildings in Miami are pastel colored with a uniqueness and intricacy in design.

The Art Deco Welcome Center organizes 90 minute walking tours for visitors explaining the concept of art deco and teaching them about its icons. The structures were built in the 1920s and 1930s and today house hotels and restaurants. The original facades are preserved thanks to the efforts of the Miami Design Preservation League. The center also has informational maps pamphlets and books about art deco, including the Art Deco Guide which describes all the buildings in the district. Guided group tours conducted by local historians, self guided audio tours and mobile phone tours are available at the Art Deco Welcome Center. There is also a shop selling gift articles with an art deco theme.
Clevelander Hotel

6) Clevelander Hotel

Clevelander is a five-story hotel located in Miami Beach. It was built in the 1920's. It is also known as Giant Sculpture. The hotel is situated in front of one of the city government buildings, closer to the lake.
Lummus Park Beach

7) Lummus Park Beach (must see)

The Lummus Park is an open space in the heart of the city located on the Miami River. It is also the location of many structures of historic importance that date back to the days of the Pioneers.

Lummus Park was established in 1909 and was one of the first open recreational spaces in the city. Most of the buildings surrounding the park were built before 1926 and have Mediterranean revival or the earlier vernacular frame and masonry styles of architecture. The simple frame and masonry style developed because of the warm subtropical climate of the city, and the Mediterranean Revival were inspired by the architecture in southern European countries with similar climates. There is also an old Scottish Rite Temple and the Trinity CME Church in Lummus Park.

Lummus Park has two important landmark buildings that were shifted to the site to prevent their demolition. Fort Dallas is the earliest example of a native limestone structure and is a memorial to the military history of Miami. The other building of historical importance is the William Wagner House built between 1855 and 1858 by a well-known pioneer citizen who also established the first church in Miami Dade County. This house is the oldest braced frame and masonry Pioneer house in Miami. Besides these landmark structures, Lummus Park also has a playground and basketball courts for the recreation of local residents.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place to sit and feel the ocean breeze and people watch.
Also great for a boardwalk stroll, working out, running, surfing, cycling with rental bikes, and plenty of restaurants/nightclubs to choose from.
The Park Central Hotel

8) The Park Central Hotel

The Park Central was built in 1937. It is an Art Deco classic with lavender, blue and mint green exterior and portal windows. Its lobby builds on the Art Deco theme with custom-designed furnishings, an intricate terrazzo floor and artistic iron work.

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