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Florida Mid-Century Modern Office Buildings

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former Pan Am International Flight Academy
Miami, FL
The Pan Am International Flight Academy was built in 1963 by Steward-Skinner Associates. The building was also called the Taj Mahal and was considered a tribute to Edward Durell Stone's U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India of 1958. The building features roof cutouts, a lacey, concrete screen block fašade, and gold anodized aluminum columns. It now houses the Atlas Air Training Center. [map]

former National Cash Register Co.
Miami, FL
Maule Building [gone]
Miami, FL
The National Cash Register Co. building was designed by T. Trip Russell and built in 1965. The screen panels cover two upper stories. These photos are from 2005. The building now houses multiple retail tenants. [map]

The Maule Building on Biscayne Blvd. was designed in 1954 by Pancoast, Ferendino, Skeels & Burnham. It featured concrete brise-soleils, sheltering windows from the sun. It also had light blue mosaic tile and a cantilevered canopy with compressed arches. Despite efforts by preservationists, the building was demolished in 2005.

Bacardi Buildings
Miami, FL
The Bacardi Building reinforced concrete tower was built in 1963. On the sides of the building, there are two huge ceramic murals. They are composed of 28,000 hand-painted glazed tiles. The building included the Bacardi Museum and a top-floor dining room. In 1973, the smaller square "jewelbox" building was added to the plaza. This building features glass mural tapestries. The two floors inside were used for finance and accounting offices. In 2010, Bacardi moved to Coral Gables, FL. In 2012, the building was sold to the National YoungArts Foundation. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

American
Federal Building [gone]
Orlando, FL
Fuller Warren Building
Jacksonville, FL
Fletcher Building
Jacksonville, FL
The American Federal Building, aka the Round Building, was built in 1963. The upper glass section was added in the early 1970s. In 2008, it was announced that the building would be demolished. Preservationists saved the concrete screens and hope to install the panels elsewhere at some point. Demolition of the building began in 2014. For more, see these websites: 1, 2 and 3.

The Fuller Warren Building appears to be from the 1960s. [map]

The Fletcher Building was designed by Taylor Hardwick and built in 1963. The rocket on the roof, now missing, was a smokestack for the building's boiler. [vintage photo thanks Jonathan Lux] [map]

former Universal-Marion Building
Jacksonville, FL
The Universal-Marion Building was designed by Ketchum & Sharp and built in 1963. There was a revolving restaurant on top of the building originally. The building is now known as the JEA Tower. For more, see this website. [vintage photos thanks Jonathan Lux] [map]

East Landmark Building
Fort Lauderdale, FL
The East Landmark Building features incredible decorative sun screen panels. [map]

Montessori Building
Maitland, FL
State Capitol Complex
Tallahassee, FL
The Montessori Building was built in 1968. [map]

The State Capitol Complex was designed by Edward Durrell Stone and the firm of Reynolds, Smith and Hills. The plan was approved in 1969 but construction was delayed. The complex was built from 1973-1977. The skyscraper at the right is known as the Executive Tower. Two domed buildings on either side of it (only one visible here) are the House and Senate and Office Buildings. For more, see this website. [map]

former IBM Complex
Boca Raton, FL
State Attorney's Office
Ocala, FL
The IBM Complex was built in 1970. It was designed by Marcel Breuer and Thomas Gatje. The buildings now house the Boca Corporate Campus. Sorry for the picture quality - it was pouring rain when I was there. For more, see this website. [map]

This State Attorney's Office features interesting rock work. My guess is that it was built in the 1960s or 1970s. These photos are from 2009. The building now houses the Clerk of Court Annex. Does anyone know anything about this building? [map]

More Florida Mid-Century Modern Office Buildings:
Charles F. McKirahan Offices (Fort Lauderdale)
Kennan Building (Fort Lauderdale) [map]
Lee County Administration Building (Fort Myers)
Alachua County Courthouse (Gainesville)
Federal Building (Gainesville)
Malcom Randall VA Medical Center (Gainesville)
former Independent Life Building (Jacksonville)
former Bob Ehman Construction Co. (Miami)
Gulf American Building (Miami)
InterAmerican Plaza (Miami)
Mutual of Omaha Building (Miami)
City Hall (Pinellas Park)
Volusia County Courthouse Annex (New Smyrna Beach)
Cornerstone Center (St. Petersburg)
dentist office (St. Petersburg)
Sons of Italy (St. Petersburg)
Rivergate Tower (Tampa)
Lake County Administration Building (Tavares)
law office (Winter Haven)
Zolfo Springs Telephone Exchange (Zolfo Springs)

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