South Beach: From Deco-Modern To Gehry

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In the first half of this tour, participants will explore the typology and architecture of the hotel rows and residential quarters of South Beach, interpreted as a Mediterranean Deco-Modern “alphabet city.” From the concert hall and rooftop garden of Frank Gehry’s New World Symphony, the second portion of the tour follows the pedestrian ribbon of Lincoln Road all the way to the tropical-brutalist finale of the 1111 parking garage by Herzog & deMeuron. Along the road, we will discuss the works of Morris Lapidus, Lawrence Murray Dixon, Igor Polevitzky’s Albion Hotel, West 8’s Soundscape park at Collins Avenue, etc.  
This tour will be co-led by Jean-François Lejeune, Ph.D., professor of architecture, urban design, and history at the University of Miami School of Architecture and Docomomo US/Florida President, and Sandra Scidmore, Board Member of the Miami Design Preservation League. Lejeune is the co-author, with Allan Shulman, of The Making of Miami Beach 1933-1942: The Architecture of Lawrence Murray Dixon (Rizzoli, 2000). 
Planning Notes: We recommend pairing this tour with the afternoon tour "North Beach: Beyond Art Deco, Miami Beach’s Exuberant Postwar Architecture" 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 North Beach afternoon 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
(Bus departs from and returns to the Mayfair House Hotel, but this is primarily a walking tour through South Beach.) 

Saturday 6/1, 9:30am–12:30pm 


All tours will be submitted for AIA credits.