Hot Couture: Downtown Miami’s Burdines Building

December 19th, 2013

Flagler Street at night. Postmarked July 20,1956. Photo Courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory Famous for being the source for year-round “Sunshine Fashions,” Burdines department store was founded in 1896 in Bartow, Florida by William Burdine and partner Henry Payne Read More...

Architect & Preservationist Les Beilinson, 1946-2013

June 18th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_665" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ocean Drive's Art Deco hotels. Photo: Nanosmile[/caption] Miami Beach architect and preservationist Les Beilinson died on Friday, June 14. He was sixty-six years old. His obituary in the Miami Herald tells the story of a Miami Beach native who played an important part in the revival of South Beach and the preservation and conservation of its architecture Read More...

Video: South Beach’s Plymouth Hotel

April 30th, 2013

http://youtu.be/EA-ocWE-0zQ It's a can't-miss Collins Park landmark: The striking geometry of the Plymouth Hotel marks the building, designed by Anton Skislewicz and completed in 1940, as an Art Deco classic. Other Skislewicz designs on South Beach include the distinctive Kenmore Hotel on Washington Avenue and the iconic Breakwater Hotel on Ocean Drive Read More...