Thanks to Phil O'Neill, the trip organizer, and to Pat Morillo, our own historic preservation expert, for some lovely photos of the Miami Modern (MIMO) North Beach architectural walking tour. (See those beautiful blue skies? That's what November in Miami is supposed to look like !) Walking tours are a wonderful way for newcomers to learn about the city and in this case the tour guide was extra special: Jeff Donnelly is the co-author of Miami Architecture: An AIA Guide to Downtown, Miami Beach, and Coconut Grove and also a former chair of the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board. Here he is on Ocean Terrace and 73rd Street giving an orientation to the Ocean Terrace Historic District.
Two MIMO style hotels sit side by side on Ocean Terrace 8: the Ocean Surf (note prominent portholes) and the Days Inn ; also shown, the interior lobby of the Days Inn. These two buildings were recently purchased by a developer.
Interior of the Bank of America building on Collins Avenue:
Architectural Detail: On a recently rehabbed motel, the stylized scroll fountain motif appears, a hallmark of the Deco style.
Take me to your leader! That is Phil, right in the middle of some very happy hikers --
Columbia University walking tour gathered in front of the Mimo style North Beach Band Shell, 72nd and Collins Ave, designed by Norman Giller in 1957.
Thank you all for coming! We look forward to seeing you at our next event.