Examples of Art Deco on the beach abound as is to be expected as this is where the movement that came to represent the rebirth of the city made its come back.
Front and center in South Beach, you can't miss the Beach Patrol Headquarters, with its nautical and ocean liner motifs, a popular art deco style:
Quite a functional building, it is located on Ocean Drive just across the Art Deco Welcome Center, behind are the public restroom and shower concessions for visitors.
The towers started popping up shortly after Hurrican Andrew hit in the early 1990s. The first towers were designed and built by Architect William Lane, whose donation quickly became a hallmark of Miami associated with its revival after the devastation.
Many more followed, some as a result of design competitions, and some commissioned by local entrepreneurs.
There are now 31 Lifeguard Towers just along the coastline of Miami Beach from the very tip at South Pointe Park up to 87th Street.
The two latest additions joined as part of the Miami Beach Centennial celebration in 2015 and you can check them out at the main event area around Lummus Park. Later they will be relocated to their permanent locations, one at 58th Street, and the other one replacing the round "Bed" tower on 10th Street. The "Bed" will move to 43rd Street.
And of course this same style has spilled over the Miami Beach boundaries. Here are some more Lifeguard Towers from around the other beaches in the area:
The Art Deco style extends beyond the architectural trend, it is fun to stroll and run into the many funky details that characterize this tropical deco vibe!
The colorful parking meters
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