Video: A Pair of MiMo Monuments, 1964

In this WTVJ special report, broadcast in 1964, reporter Gordon Stevens observes that “the South Florida building trend has been straight up.” Stevens reports in detail on two new buildings that exemplify Miami’s mid-1960s style: the Bacardi Building, on Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast 20th Street, and the Pan American Airways Building on the north perimeter of Miami International Airport.

Happily, both buildings still stand today. The Bacardi Building is a cherished Miami landmark, its blue and white tiles an exuberant symbol of the city’s spirit. And you can still drive past the Pan Am building, located in the 5000 block of Northwest 36th Street, and admire its MiMo proportions, inspired, according to Stevens, by the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, a controversial design by the architect Edward Durrell Stone.

A technical note: This clip includes “DP,” or “double projection,” footage, now known as “b-roll” — footage that is edited over a reporter’s voice to illustrate the story. During the 1964 newscast the “DP footage” would have been shown on home screens over Stevens’ report after he finished his intro. Stevens’ audio ran on one film projector, the images on another. Today the b-roll would be edited over a recorded narration on one piece of videotape…Or one digital video file. In any case, WTVJ news viewers in 1964 would not have seen Stevens reading from his notes as we do in this clip.

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