ART DECO WEEKEND 2015
"THE MIAMI BEACH CENTURY"
Art Deco Weekend 2015 celebrates 100 years of the good life on the world's most luxurious barrier island, just off Florida's southeast coast.
One of the earliest (turn-of-the-20th Century) post card images of Miami Beach, shows a natural ocean dune lined with randomly growing coconut palms.
The first development was to carve out a narrow sand trail along the coast named Collin's Avenue, and then plant more coconut trees in a more organized (plantation) style, in an attempt to commercialize the new found barrier island.
• 1915-1925 — A Bridge to the Future, and the Agricultural to Tourism Conversion
• 1925-1935 — Prohibition, Gangsters, Land Boom, Depression, and the arrival of Art Deco
• 1935-1945 — A Hotel Explosion, and the Intersting, Uniquely Local Effect of WWII
• 1945-1955 — The Post-War Renaissance, and the Glamorization of Miami Beach
• 1955-1965 — Gleason, Sinatra, Elvis, Fidel, and an Influencial Cuban Migration
• 1965-1975 — Time Waits for No One, and "Death's Waiting Room"
• 1975-1985 — Cocaine, Columbia, Mariel, and Vice
• 1985-1995 — Versace, Fashion, and the lighting of Miami's Artistic Fuse
• 1995-2005 — A Creative Explosion with Designs on the Future
• 2005-2015 — The Party Never Stops!