MiMo Buildings, Miami Beach
Concierge.com's insider take:
Art Deco may be better known, but a growing base of architecture buffs are raving about MiMo style, or Miami Modernism. To protect and promote the genre, the city of Miami Breach established a new preservation zone in 2000, the John S. Collins Waterfront Historic District, between 22nd and 44th streets along Collins Avenue. The buildings, largely from the fifties and sixties, are playful and jokey, brightly colored, and full of atomic-era optimism. There's a sense of movement, with delta fins and pylons added as decoration, or oddly shaped holes, known as woggles, punctured through walls. The best known example is Lincoln Road, the pedestrian mall that cuts across South Beach and whose fountains, benches, and shelters were designed by MiMo master Morris Lapidus. The newly restored Fontainebleau Hotel is considered Lapidus's masterpiece: Check out the bow ties embedded in the terrazzo and the decorative staircases to nowhere. Further up, in North Beach, there are even more MiMo buildings, such as Temple Menorah, a bright yellow synagogue on 75th Street.