Miami Beach Deco Development
June 18 2015 - September 13 2015
Third Floor, Rare Books and Special Collections Library, The Wolfsonian–FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Investors and vacationers flocked to Miami Beach in the 1930s, when development yielded considerable profits and construction of smaller, less lavish hotels created a playground affordable to the middle class. As a record number of new hotels, restaurants, clubs, and apartment buildings were erected, the population more than quadrupled between 1930 and 1940—the era of the Art Deco boom. Through postcards, brochures, and other ephemera, this installation exposes South Beach’s beautiful Art Deco architecture and interiors, designed in a style defined by flat surfaces, streamlined curves, two-dimensional ornaments, ribbon windows, and aerodynamic forms suggestive of speeding trains, airplanes, and ocean liners.