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Florida Art Deco & Streamline Moderne Buildings

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Brooksville:
Hernando Park Bandshell

Fort Myers:
Franklin Shops

former Carter's Park & King Pharmacy
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. In 2012, Pele's Wood Fire moved into the building. Since 2015, the building has housed the Il Desco restaurant. [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. For more, see this website. [map]

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]

Art Deco building
Miami, FL
house
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 has housed several restaurants in recent years. [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, 2, and 3. [map]

More Miami:
Huntington Building
Scottish Rite Temple
Miami Design Preservation League

More Miami Beach:
Beach Patrol Headquarters
Helen Mar Apartments
Lincoln-Drexel Building

Clune Building
Miami Springs, FL
The Clune Building, aka the Stadnik Building, was built in 1925 in a Pueblo Deco 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]

City Hall
Opa-Locka, FL
Harry Hurt Building
Opa-Locka, FL
courtyard
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. For more, see this website.

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]

Orlando:
Lake Eola Bandshell

Municipal Auditorium
Sarasota, 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. [map]

Sebring:
Central Fire Station

St. Petersburg:
Glory Apartments
Myers Antiques

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. The building was still there in 2015. For more, see this website. [map]

Tampa:
Cuscaden Park Swimming Pool
Tampa Linen Service Building

Winter Haven:
retail building

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