All About Art : Miami's Decadent Deco Style

Glamorous Miami is known for a lot of things:  a flashy celebrity scene, pockets of Cuban and Carribbean-inspired neighborhoods, and impossibly sexy people sharing pristine beaches with rednecks.  As a photographer, however, I was lulled by the pastel eye-candy lining the city's historic Art Deco District, which in Miami consists of porthole windows, ship-like railings, terrazzo floors, sleek curves and shiny chrome accents.  Built mostly between 1923 and 1943 when the Deco design concept was considered uber-modern, about 800 buildings of this nature are now protected under the National Register of Historic Places.  Now billed as fabulously retro, the area is a place to see and be seen (and is particularly photogenic if you happen upon a car show while strolling):

If you have any interest at all in history, architecture, or just sipping on a really good cocktail, head to South Beach and this beautifully restored piece of America's past!