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Art Deco at the Beach

Miami's Candy-colored Lifeguard Towers and a Tropical Deco Vibe...

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Art Deco at the Beach

Miami's Candy-colored Lifeguard Towers and a
Tropical Deco Vibe...

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:

Art Deco Buildings: Beach Patrol Headquarters South Beach
The Beach Patrol Headquarters, architect Robert Taylor, 1934

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.

Miami Beach Lifeguard Towers

Dotting the shore in vivid contrast to the sparkling blue ocean, stands an array of bright colored lifeguard towers, each with a very unique art deco design and its own piece of history. The popular structures besides providing support to the Miami Beach Patrol Lifeguard staff, have become a cherished symbol of Miami.
The Jetty at South Pointe
The Jetty at South Pointe Park
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower 100 between the Jetty and 1st Street
100 Lifeguard Tower between
the Jetty and 1st
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at 1st Street
The 1st Street
Lifeguard Tower
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at  3rd Street
The 3rd Street
Lifeguard Tower
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at  5th Street
The 5th Street
Lifeguard Tower
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at  6th Street
The 6th Street
Lifeguard Tower
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower 8 St
8th St Tower by Frank Oppenborn
of Ocean Rescue
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at 10th St
10th Street
Lifeguard Tower
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at  12th Street
The 12th Street
Lifeguard Tower
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at 13th Street
Lifeguard Station
at 13th Street
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at 14th Street
Lifeguard Station
at 14th Street
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower 100 between the Jetty and 1st Street
Lifeguard Station
at 15th Street
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at 16th Street
Lifeguard Station
at 16th Street
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at 17th Street
Lifeguard Station
at 17th Street
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at 18th Street
Lifeguard Station
at 18th Street
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at 21st Street
Lifeguard Station
at 21st Street
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at 29th Street
Lifeguard Station
at 29th Street
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at 30th St
Lifeguard Tower
at 30th St
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at  35th St
Lifeguard Station
at 35th St
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at 41st St
Lifeguard Station
at 41st St
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at 10th St
"The Bed" at 43rd Street
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at 74th Street
Lifeguard Station
at 74th Street
Art Deco Lifeguard Tower at 77th Street
Lifeguard Station
at 77th Street

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:

Haulver Beach Lifeguard Station
Haulover Beach Lifeguard Station
Crandon Park Lifeguard Station
At Crandon Park in Key Biscayne

...and More Art Deco

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!

Art Deco Parking Meter
The colorful parking meters

South Beach Police Car
The pink bubble gum-colored police cars
South Beach Park Benches Chairs
The turquoise-colored park benches that line the parks and beaches...

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