Hand painted photograph of the Waldorf Tower, a nautical art deco building located on Ocean Drive in South Beach. Florida

South Beach, Florida is said to have one of the largest collections of Art Deco architecture in the world. Walking along its streets is a journey back in time to an important architectural movement. Many art decos have been lovingly restored and preserved.

The architects and designers who built South Beach created a unique design style, now often referred to as Tropical Deco. Using pastel colors and streamlined curves, they used nautical, tropical, and ocean liner motifs to create a dazzlingly seaside resort set against the Atlantic’s turquoise shoreline.

Hand painted photograph of Art Deco South Beach building,built in 1940 by L. Murray Dixon has nautical details
Hand painted photograph of South Beach art deco building
Hand painted photograph of South Beach art deco roof top
Infrared black and white photograph of Leslie Hotel,  an Art Deco South Beach built by Alert Anis, located on Ocean Drive
Hand painted photograph of the Esssex House, built by Henry Hohauser in 1938
Hand painted photograph pf South Beach lifeguard stand
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