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Essex House, Miami Beach's Art Deco District (Henry Hohauser, 1938)

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Essex House, Henry Hohauser, 1938

A writer, Barbara Capitman is credited to save South Beach from buldozers in the 70's. Where others saw eyesore in the delapidated buildings, she saw a real treasure. Most of the buildings were in the Art Deco style and dated to the 1930s and 40s. Leonard Horowitz, an industrial designer, seized on the idea of resurrecting the buildings with the genial use of pastel colours. Decaying, old hotels were restored and made to look better than ever. In 1979, as a result of the efforts of Mrs Capitman and others, Miami Beach's Art Deco District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The nautical motif is evident in the shape of the building as well as the portholes at the top. Streamlined curves, continuous eyebrows, decorative stripes, and a metal spire, illuminated by neon, all contribute to the dramatic effect of this hotel, thought to be one of the best works by its architect, Henry Hohauser.

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Comments (53)

Sławek K. on May 21, 2012

Beautiful - LIKE - Kind Regards, Wlad

Petros Kalaitzis on May 21, 2012

Very nice!!! LIKE. Greetings, Petros

Nasir Uddin on May 21, 2012

Great shot•

C haydeé on May 27, 2012

¡Preciosa definición clásica en Miami!

Me gusta

Un saludo cordial, Chaydeé.

David Edwards on May 31, 2012

News footage

Bach Quatre on June 8, 2012

Very beautiful photo. Like.

Best wishes, Ernesto.

khoi tranduc on June 9, 2012

Very nice photo! Like!

Krystyna W. on July 3, 2012

LIKE 22 :)

Don Maiers on September 24, 2012

Great scene! LIKE! Best regards, Don.

BritPlom on October 23, 2012

an excellent style not not affected by aging!


Greetings, François

Ijaz Ahmad Mughal on January 30, 2013

Beautiful building and Shot! I like.Best greetings from Ijaz Ahmad

Professor Phisigma on August 23, 2014

Hi Thomas,

wonderful building. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Like 1²+3²+6² from Germany, Ole.

tor tom on August 23, 2014

SO-BE is wonderful!

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  • Uploaded on May 5, 2012
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    by tor tom
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