Art Deco Weekend begins today in Miami Beach. By South Florida standards, it’s a bit low key, but the weekend still offers more than 85 events that focus on the Miami Design Preservation League’s commitment to preserve, promote and protect Miami Beach through historic preservation and educational initiatives.
Art Deco Weekend was created nearly 41 years ago by the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) to showcase the Art Deco buildings of South Beach, saving it for future generations. MDPL’s early work was the catalyst that created the Miami Beach-South Beach scene as it exists today.
Here’s a brief look at three of my favorite Art Deco hotels:
Hotel Victor: Set on bustling Ocean Drive, Hotel Victor was originally designed by celebrated Miami Beach architect L. Murray Dixon, Hotel Victor is a classic Art Deco property that continues to attract guests to its glamorous look and provocative setting.
Hotel Breakwater: Under the Victor Hotels portfolio and located in the heart of South Beach, Hotel Breakwater is one of South Beach’s more recognizable Art Deco jewels with its iconic neon sign lighting up its façade. Originally created in 1936, the hotel recently underwent a multi- million dollar renovation.
The Confidante Miami Beach: Located in Miami’s mid-beach neighborhood along the famed Collins Avenue, The Confidante was originally built in 1940 as the 18-story Lord Tarleton Hotel known to being the beach’s first Art Deco skyscraper, then remaining the tallest for several years. In April 2007 the building was renovated and restored. Be sure to check out Chef Richard Hales’ Bird & Bone restaurant for some great Southern cooking.