Beyond the Box Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Miami & New York


AMERICA in the 1950s and early 1960s was a time of wide-eyed optimism and naive confidence. This spirit was captured in the architecture of Miami, Florida in a "style" called Miami Modern, or MiMo. MiMo design was uniquely American, unbridled and fun, with its boomerangs, accordion fin walls and cheese-whole masonry; yet sleek and elegant - with daring angles and lines.

While Tropical Art Deco is concentrated in the South Beach section of Miami Beach, MiMo buildings and neighborhoods can be found all over Miami. There are concentrations of MiMo in the North Beach section of Miami Beach, Bay Harbor Islands and long Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, just to name a few areas.

MiMo buildings span the gamut-from large hotels like the Fontainebleau and the Carillon, to apartment complexes, condominiums, office and commercial buildings, two story motels and homes.

The purpose of this website is to provide the viewer with an introduction to MiMo.

Urban Arts Committee

This website was formed and is maintained by the Urban Arts Committee of Miami Beach. The Committee is a volunteer organization comprised of architects, planners, landscape architects, preservationists and citizens who are devoted to saving and restoring MiMo architecture.

In the fall of 2001, the Urban Arts Committee presented "Miami Modern Architecture 1945-1972: A Photography Exhibit" at the Seymour, the home of the Miami Beach Community Development Corporation. In the spring of 2002, an expanded version of this exhibit, "Beyond The Box: Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Miami and New York" was presented at the Municipal Art Society in New York City. This exhibit featured newly commissioned photographs of buildings in both Miami and New York with an exhibit design by the architectural firm Arquitectonica.

Going forward, the Committee is seeking additional venues to display the exhibit. Several members of the Committee are working on books about MiMo. If you have questions or would like to contact us, please email us.

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