Florida Art Deco & Streamline Moderne

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City Hall
Miami, FL
Miami City Hall was built in 1934 as a terminal for Pan American Airways seaplane base. The frieze of winged globes and rising suns extends around the building. There was once a restaurant and cocktail lounge and promenade on the second floor frow where on could watch planes take-off and land. There were waiting rooms, a customs office, ticket counters, and a giant revolving globe. In 1954, the building was transformed into Miami City Hall. Recent renovations to the interior have included restoring wall murals and other details. [map]

former Publix
Orlando, FL
pawn shop
Tarpon Springs, FL
This vacant Publix supermarket in Orlando was probably built in the late 1940s or early 1950s. This building is now occupied by First Class Cleaners. [map]

This pawn shop in Tarpon Springs occupies a former Publix. This building originally had a centrally located, L-shaped sign with a clock. In fact, I believe all the other locations built during this time period had this (see the Orlando building below). For more, see this website. [photo thanks Robby Delius] [map]

former Publix
Lakeland, FL
former Publix
Winter Haven, FL
This former Publix in Lakeland was built in 1956. The building most recently housed Affordable Auto Sales, a used car dealer. It appeared vacant when these photos were taken in 2009. The building was purchased by the County and now houses the County Tax Collector's office. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

This former Publix in Winter Haven was built in 1940. The center tower has been lopped off. The building looked a lot more like the one in Lakeland originally. I believe it is now housing a thrift store. The very first Publix opened in Winter Haven in 1930. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

former Publix
St. Petersburg, FL
This former Publix was built in 1951 and remained in operation until 1982. This was the first Publix in St. Petersburg. It housed the Manhattan Hairstyling Academy when this photo was taken in 2009. By 2011, it was home to a Family Dollar store. [map]

former Publix
St. Petersburg, FL
This former Publix now houses a Walgreens drug store. [map]

Colonial Photo & Hobby
Orlando, FL
Publix Supermarket
Tampa, FL
Colonial Photo & Hobby opened in 1954. In 1958, they moved to this location which is a former Publix building. It was probably built in the 1940s. This sign and clock were there from the beginning and adapted by Colonial Photo. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This former Publix in Tampa was built in 1995. It replaced a smaller Publix on the same site which was built in 1954. They gave the new building some Streamline Moderne styling. [map]

More Publix Buildings:
Clermont, FL [vintage]
Haines City, FL
Lakeland, FL
Art Deco Publix buildings
Mid-Century Modern Publix buildings

Municipal Auditorium
Sarasota, FL
Clune Building
Miami Springs, FL
The Municipal Auditorium was built in 1937 as a WPA project. It was restored 1992-1997. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It now hosts a variety of events including antique shows, arts and crafts shows, banquets, computer shows, flea markets, film festivals, etc. For more, see this website. [map]

The Clune Building, aka the Stadnik Building, was built in 1925 in a Deco Pueblo style. It was originally office space for civil engineer Daniel Clune, who developed Country Club Estates, Hialeah, and Opa-Locka. In 1946, the building was taken over by John Stanik who turned it into a Rexall Drug. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2001, an electrical fire caused extensive smoke and water damage to the first floor of the building. This photo is from 2005. Since 2010, the building has housed Johnny's Soda Fountain & Luncheonette. For more, see this website. [map]

Carter's Park & King Pharmacy (now Pele's Wood Fire)
Jacksonville, FL
Central Fire Station
Jacksonville, FL
The name Carter's Park & King Pharmacy referred to the intersection of Park and King Streets where this building is located. This building was constructed in 1942 for the Lane Drug Company, a local chain with about 12 locations. Carter's had been here since at least the 1950s. This photo is from 2009. Since 2012, the building has been occupied by Pele's Wood Fire. [map]

The Central Fire Station is a 1944 remodeling of a 1901 building. It was decommissioned in 1985 and is now used as a residence. [map]

former Winn-Dixie Supermarket
Jacksonville, FL
This former Winn-Dixie Supermarket housed the Adel Supermarket when these photos were taken in 2010. The tower and wedding cake entrance probably date this building to the late 1940s. [map]

George Firestone Building
Tallahassee, FL
The George Firestone Building was built in 1936 as the Old Leon County Jail. It was designed by M. Leo Elliott. In 2014, it was announced that this building will most likely be demolished. For more, see this website. [map]

Art Deco building
Miami, FL
Miami, FL
This Art Deco building is on Flagler downtown and features a curved corner entrance and holes in the roof overhang. The building is now subdivided into several retail spaces and upstairs offices. Does anyone know what business was here originally or when this building was built? [map]

This Streamline Moderne house was designed by Henry Hohauser and built in 1935. It features many nautical elements typical of the style. [map]

Sears Building
Miami, FL
Post Office
Miami Beach, FL
The Sears Building was a former Sears, Roebuck and company Department Store, built in 1929. Only the central tower remains and it has been incorporated into the Adrienne Arsht Center, a performing arts center. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

This Miami Beach Post Office was built in 1937. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

1200 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL
former Hoffman's Cafeteria
Miami Beach, FL
The 1200 Washington Avenue building housed the Hed Kandi Lounge when this photo was taken in 2009. By 2014, the building was housing the Polo Norte Restaurant. For more, see this website. [map]

This building was constructed in 1939 for Hoffman's Cafeteria. It was designed by Henry Hohauser. Later, the building housed the Warsaw Ballroom, the Club Ovo, and the China Club. Jerry's Famous Deli operated here from the early 2000s until 2014. In 2015, Senor Frog's Restaurant opened in the building. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

City Hall
Opa-Locka, FL
Harry Hurt Building
Opa-Locka, FL
Opa-Locka, FL
Although not really Art Deco, I include this place which was built in the 1920s. Many movie theatres of the same period also incorporated Moorish elements.

Opa-Locka, a neighborhood NW of Miami, was the dream city of aviator Glenn Curtiss. The city was originally called Opatishawockalocka by the Tequesta Indians and Curtiss shortened the name (meaning "big island in the swamp covered with many trees"). The inspiration came from the book "1001 Arabian Tales" (another source says the 1924 film "The Thief of Baghdad") and Curtiss had 105 Moorish Revival buildings constructed between 1925-1928. The buildings were brightly painted with domes and elaborate minarets. Curtiss also built a zoo and a golf course. Sixteen residences and four commercial buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The area is now economically depressed.

The City Hall Building was built in 1926. It was originally known as the Opa-locka Company Administration Building. It had fallen into disrepair over the years and was nearly demolished. [map]

The Harry Hurt Building was also built in 1926. It was originally the Opa-locka Railroad Station, inspired by the "Tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." It is now an office building. [Hurt map]; [courtyard map]

For more, see this website.

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