Miami Beach Convention Center to Undergo a Major Overhaul

November 24th, 2014

Photo courtesy of the Miami Beach Convention Center.  Over the past 50 years, the Miami Beach Convention Center has been the epicenter of South Beach. Originally named the “Miami Beach Exhibition Hall,” the center was built in 1957 to accommodate 15,000 people and had doubled in size following its first renovation in 1989 Read More...

Take a Dive into Miami Beach’s Roman Pools

June 20th, 2014

Roman Pools Bathing Casino, 1926. Photo Courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory The next stop on the historic Florida summer getaway tour is Miami Beach. Before the days of luxury oceanfront hotels and pastel-painted Art Deco buildings, people flocked to the famous Miami Beach Bathing Pavilion and Swimming Pool Read More...

Kiehnel & Elliott: A Brief Survey of the Firm’s Miami Projects

April 9th, 2014

It is no surprise that when looking at Miami Boom-Era architecture the name Kiehnel & Elliott comes to mind. The firm, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had designed several buildings before moving its offices to Miami in 1922. The firm’s buildings became exemplary of the Mediterranean Revival style during the 1920s such as the extravagant El Jardin (now the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart) in Coconut Grove Read More...

Rooms with a View: Miami Beach’s Roney Plaza Hotel

February 6th, 2014

If Jay Gatsby needed a retreat from the lavishly loud parties on Long Island, no other hotel could accommodate him better than the legendary Roney Plaza Hotel on Miami Beach. The Roney Plaza was located between 23rd and 24th Streets on Collins Avenue. Before the mega hotel industry explosion on Miami Beach, the Roney Plaza was place to be during the winter season each year Read More...