Art Deco is known for the extravagant buildings that sprang up in every big city in the 1920s. Miami Beach’s boom came during the 2nd phase of Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, which began with the stock market crash and ended in most cases with the outbreak of World War II. It was less decorative and relied more on machine-inspired forms and American ideas in industrial design.
Miami Beach architects used local imagery to create “Tropical Deco.” These art deco homes feature relief ornamentation with flora, fauna, and ocean-liner motifs to reinforce the image of Miami Beach as a seaside resort. Look for symmetry, ziggurat rooflines, decorative panels, eyebrows, porthole windows, terrazzo, curves, elements in groups of 3, & neon.