Carl Fisher’s Miami Beach Hotels

June 12 2015 - September 30 2015
Lobby, The Wolfsonian–FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

Displayed throughout The Wolfsonian’s lobby, reproductions of promotional photographs reveal the legacy of Miami Beach developer Carl G. Fisher (1874–1939)—a self-made millionaire who transformed the city into a winter tourist destination at the beginning of the twentieth century. It was Fisher who built several of Miami Beach’s luxury hotels, all since demolished: the Lincoln (1917), Flamingo (1920), Nautilus (1924), and the King Cole (1925). The original photographs, from The Wolfsonian’s library and too fragile for display, are evidence of the hotels’ extravagance, meant to lure the wealthy travelers south with the promise of regattas, gondola rides, poolside models in revealing bathing suits, and even elephant rides.

 

 

 

Carl Fisher’s Miami Beach Hotels
Carl Fisher’s Miami Beach Hotels
Carl Fisher’s Miami Beach Hotels