The 5 most amazing art deco renovations
1) The Colony Theatre
With its unmistakable movie marquee and streamlined, geometric architecture rising behind it, The Colony is one of the last original buildings on Lincoln Road. It debuted as Paramount Pictures in 1935 and recently completed a three-year, 6,5 million-dollar restoration. Cherish every step on those priceless terrazzo floors.
2) Hotel Breakwater
Architect Anton Skislewicz designed this emblematic structure in 1936. Formerly pastel, it is now a magnificent blue-and-orange façade, with the enormous neon sign that spells out the name of the hotel fronting the parapet, and vertical lines shooting out from the sides of the frieze. Classical Art Deco.
3) Miami City Hall
This was Pan American Airlines’ airport for the famous flying seaplanes. The 1934 building featured interior murals and a stunning, curved canopy. Many of the Art Deco elements were hidden with a bland redo in 1954 when it became City Hall, but it was restored to its former self in 2003.
4) Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach/Oceanfront
Now owned by Marriott, this hotel really was whimsically designed to resemble a car, with plenty of chrome trim, a canopy shaped like a car hood and a sign lighted in what could be headlights. Constructed in 1940 from a Roy France design, it’s the tallest Art Deco building, offering unparalleled access of the Atlantic.
5) Colony Hotel
This Art Deco restoration has dominated every skyline since South Beach reinvented itself. The bright blue neon signage, the flat roof with more neon enlivening it, the tri-level division. It’s earned its place in the postcards.
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