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.

 

— 1955

While tourism slowed during the World War II years, many aviators and members of the Armed Forces trained in South Florida, and enjoying life in the sun, many returned to make South Florida their home. The region’s population began grow, and the 1940s was the beginning of a boom that continued for decades.

 

The Delano Hotel (named after frequent guest, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt) remains as the crown jewel in Miami Beach's Art Deco architectural treasure.

           Designed by famed architect Robert Swartburg, the Delano was built in 1947 by Rob and Rose Schwartz. The then four-winged art-deco tower of the Delano was the tallest building in Miami, dwarfing the Miami News & Metropolis (Freedom Tower) built in 1925 in downtown Miami and rising majestically above the sand and surf of Miami Beach.

 

           The Delano Hotel is an upscale resort located at 1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida. The resort features 194 guest rooms, suites and lofts, and is located directly on the beach.

           Delano is now a part of the Morgans Hotel Group collection. The Delano is known for its whimsical, art-deco styling and its celebrity clientele. The lobby is a mecca for late-night minglers. In 2007, the Delano Hotel was ranked in the American Institute of Architects list of "America's Favorite Architecture."

           On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter placed the Delano Hotel on its list of Florida Architecture, entitled "100 Years. 100 Places."