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Miami Design Preservation League is pleased to make a selection of archival photos, documents, and collectibles available online. Please see below for our most recent posts. Keep this page in your bookmarks and come back to see the latest postings of history, memorabilia, and more! Our archives are interactive and we encourage discussion in the comments section of each post. Stay tuned as we work on new updates and features. 

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Excerpt from 1940 Life Magazine

Excerpt from 1940 Life Magazine article entitled “Miami & Miami Beach; Biggest U.S. Winter resort has biggest boom”….. “In 1912 Miami, Fla., was a sleepy town

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Sunny Isles Motel Row

“It used to be called Motel Row. And for good reason. Dozens of two-story motels lined Collins Avenue. Some had whimsical themes and architectural flourishes.

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Hot Button Issues

Buttons that had a saying or a political statement were a very popular item to wear in the 1970’s – 1990’s. Courtesy of the Kinerk-Wilhelm

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A Woman With Her Own Design

Barbara Baer Capitman was always an art and design lover. Perhaps she inherited this passion from her mother, Mrs. Myrtle Baer, who was an artist in her

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Carl Fisher’s Hotels

Developer Carl G. Fisher (1874–1939)—was a self-made millionaire who transformed Miami Beach into a winter tourist destination at the beginning of the twentieth century. It was Fisher

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Christo’s Pink Islands

On June 1, 2020, artist Christo, known in South Florida for his public art project “Surrounded Islands”, passed away. Christo’s 30-month project to encircle eleven islands in Biscayne

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French Casino Nightclub

The French Casino nightclub at 1235 Washington Avenue was built in 1934. Later converted to a motion picture house in 1937 by noted architect Thomas

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Art Deco Spires

Here at MDPL we love Art Deco buildings with decorative spires! Pictures from our 2001 archives of the Tudor, Kent and Tiffany Hotels were taken

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Flamingo Plaza Hotel

Flamingo Plaza at 1051-1055 Meridian Avenue in the Flamingo Park area, was a classic Art Deco Hotel. Designed by L. Murray Dixon in 1937, this

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1450 Collins Avenue

1450 Collins Avenue is an Art Deco structure in the Nautical Moderne style that has had many lives. Built by Henry Hohauser in 1940, it

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Mid Century Marvels

Synopsis of the November 1996 Ocean Drive article by Tom Austin with photographs by Bill Wisser entitled, “Mid Century Marvels; A new tour and increasing

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Postcards from WWII

To honor the boys who served and were stationed in Miami Beach during WWII, we searched our archive collection for postcards from that era that

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Moon Over Miami Ball

Every year from 1978 through the 1990’s, there was a black-tie bash in Miami Beach benefiting the Miami Design Preservation League, called the “Moon Over Miami Ball”.

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The Hampton Hotel

The Hampton Hotel located at the corner of Lincoln Road and Michigan Avenue is a 3-story building in the Mediterranean Revival style with Art Deco

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The Nemo Hotel

The Nemo Hotel at 100 Collins Ave was considered to be a Mediterranean Revival gem that was built in 1921 by New Yorkers Sam Magrid,

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The Strand Restaurant

The Strand Restaurant located at 671 Washington Avenue was the keystone in 1986 to revitalizing dark Washington Ave, years before Micky Wolfson bought the Washington Avenue

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The Neron Hotel

The Neron Hotel previously located at 1110 Drexel Avenue, was a fine example of the Art Deco/Streamline Moderne architecture built by architect Henry Hohauser in

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Beach Fashions of 1940

This excerpt comes from a March 4th, 1940, archival Life magazine article entitled, “Miami & Miami Beach; Biggest U.S. winter resort has biggest boom” “All

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The Surf Club

Originally opened in 1930, The Surf Club located at 9011 Collins Avenue was designed by  pioneering Miami architect Russell Pancoast. It was the ultimate place to

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Curry’s Restaurant

Curry’s Restaurant located at 7433 Collins Avenue was a North Beach favorite among many locals far and wide. It was built in 1937 as an

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ROYAL PALM HOTEL

The ROYAL PALM HOTEL at 1545 Collins Avenue was designed in 1939 by Donald G. Smith as a four-story resort. It was expanded to seven

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The Biscaya Hotel

The Biscaya Hotel was a Mediterranean ten story structure (built in 1925 originally as The Floridian Hotel, which replaced the Miami Beach Aquarium) located on

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McCrory’s Department Store

1940’s Postcard of McCrory’s Department Store located on the southeast corner of Washington Avenue and Espanola Way in Miami Beach. The commercial architect William F.

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The Colony Theatre

The landmark Colony Theatre at 1040 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach opened January 25, 1935, and was built for the Paramount chain. It was listed

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The Royal Palm Hotel in Miami

This hotel was a large resort built by railroad magnate Henry Flagler in Miami. Opened in 1897, the Royal Palm Hotel was one of the first hotels in the Miami area.

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El Chico Club Demolished

El Chico’s swank nightclub was located at 22nd St and Park Avenue in the new Art Deco Architectural District. In 1982…”the leaders of the MDPL

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Lincoln Center Hotel

1940’s Postcard of the Lincoln Center Hotel at 630 Lincoln Road and the corner of Euclid Avenue. The Lincoln Center Hotel was designed in 1937

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The New Yorker Hotel

The New Yorker Hotel once stood at 1611 Collins Ave. It was the destruction of this iconic hotel in April 1981, considered by some the

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Miami Beach Dog Track

MDPL archival postcard of Miami Beach Dog Track circa 1930’s-1940’s. Located at the southern tip of South Beach on 1st and Ocean Drive, it brought an

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Andy Sweet Archives

In January of 2020, MDPL contributed their digitized Andy Sweet archival files to the National Gallery of Arts, in conjunction with the Sweet’s family archives.

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The Boulevard Hotel

Lost but not forgotten….MDPL archival 1920’s postcard of the Boulevard Hotel located on Dade Blvd. & Meridian Avenue. This hotel was developed by Carl Fisher

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The Blackstone Hotel

1930’s postcard and 1930 ad for The Blackstone Hotel at 830 Washington Avenue that was designed by B. Kingston Hall. Nathan Stone built this 13

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Espanola Way

Front and back of 1929 postcard of Espanola Way and 1920’s vintage photographs of a tea room, the “Pirate’s Den” and a street scene. Espanola

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The Plymouth Hotel

MDPL archival photographs and postcard of the Plymouth Hotel through the years. Located at 336 21st Street and designed by Anton Skislewicz in 1940 as

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The Flamingo Hotel

Front and back of 1926 postcard of The Flamingo Hotel on 15th & Bay Road, that was built by pioneering Miami Beach developer Carl G.

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The Helen Mar

Front and back of postcard of The Helen Mar Apartment Hotel at 2421 Lake Pancoast Drive. Designed by Robert E. Collins in 1936 for John

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Carl Fisher’s Clubhouse

2001 Color photographs of Carl Fisher’s Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse on the Dade Canal near Washington Avenue. Built in 1916, it is considered the oldest

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Postcard from WWII Vet

Check out this postcard from our collection written in 1942 by a World War II vet stationed in Miami Beach to his mother. “Dear Mother,

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1988 Art Deco Festival

 1988 Miami Herald article entitled “Deco fest to move; Construction forcing event to find new site”. Because of Ocean Drive reconstruction in 1988 between 5th

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Parham’s Restaurant

1950’s Postcard of Parham’s Restaurant located at 73rd and Collins Avenue. Parham’s was opened in 1949 by two brothers Wesley and Harold Parham. Wesley ran

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