Saturday, January 14, 2006

Something to Warm You Up

We had a little cold front swing through Florida bringing cool breezes and clear skies. But for the tourists who come down here from places like Buffalo or Toledo, anything over 60 F is tropical, and with the Art Deco Festival going on along Ocean Drive on South Beach, a lot of people came out.

Here’s a sample of some of the classic South Beach Art Deco architecture. This is the Park Center Hotel on Ocean Drive, just one of the many buildings on South Beach that have been renovated to their former glory. Built in the heyday of the art deco movement in 1920’s and 30’s, places like this were popular up until the mid-50’s when big swanky places like the Fontainebleu and the Eden Roc were built. Little hotels like this became delapidated and home to the poor and the eldery; in the 1970’s South Beach was called “God’s waiting room.” In the mid 1980’s South Beach underwent its renaissance, becoming the trendy place to be, and hotels like the Park Center became hot places to stay and be seen.

Just enjoy the view.