Architectural Whimsy

When it came to midcentury building, the prevailing mantra was “less is more.” But not for architects like Morris Lapidus, whose concrete flights of fancy (evidenced in gems like the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels) still turn heads near the shore. Under the dynamic eye of such architects, swooping curves, concrete cantilevers, amoebalike holes in walls, and wing-shape carports became some of the distinct features identifying the mid-century architectural style called Miami Modern (“MiMo”). Standout examples of MiMO exuberance can be found in the iconic North Beach Band Shell, the Sherry Frontenac Hotel, and the palatial Deauville Beach Resort, which became famous when the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show there.

Starting today at 10:00 the North Beach Development Corporation will be offering day-long classes at its MiMo Academy/Tour School for prospective tour guides or others interested in the historic architectural style. Lecturers include architects, interior designers, historians, and authors. The classes cost $30 and include walking tours, lunch, and educational materials on MiMo architecture and the history of North Beach.
Sat., April 21, 10 a.m.


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