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The distinctive blue-and-white Bacardi Building has been a landmark of Miami's skyline since 1963, with its modernist architecture and prominent location on Biscayne Boulevard. The eight-story tower was built in 1963 by Cuban-born architect Enrique Gutierrez. The blue-and-white tile murals of flowers, by Brazilian artist Francisco Brennand, adorn the full height of the tower’s north and south flanks.
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The Ainsley Building, Miami's first office building under glass
Miami's landmark Ainsley Building at 14 NE First Avenue was super modern looking when new in the 1950s. Glass walled office buildings are common now, but the wrap-around sun shades on the south side of the Ainsley Building keep it from looking like just another glass box. In the 1950s Miami Herald photographer Bob East designed a radio-controlled unit that enabled photographers to light up Flagler Street during the annual Orange Bowl parade. East attached Ascor strobe lights to the eighth floor of the Ainsley Building.
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Endangered MIMO architecture
The nation's leading preservation group has put a trove of Miami Modern buildings in Bay Harbor Islands on its list of most endangered historic places.
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Rooftop Oasis atop New World Center
The New World Center in Miami Beach has a fanciful rooftop garden. “It looks like a forest up here,” says Raymond Jungles, the Miami landscape architect who designed it.
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Miami Airport Marriott
The Miami Airport Marriott.
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The Serpentarium was an unusual tourist attraction
Nothing says Old Florida like the snake shows at the Serpentarium on South Dixie Highway. The building was part of the attraction, with its 35-foot-high hooded concrete-and-stucco cobra with a forked tongue that towered over the building. And presiding over the green mambas, king cobras and palm vipers was the memorable Bill Haast, snake handler and scientist, who opened the place in 1948 and charmed up to 50,000 visitors a year until he closed the doors in 1984.
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Miami's Bayfront Park user friendly again
A tree-rich makeover of downtown Miami's Bayfront Park aims to return the underused space to its former luster as the city's popular front porch.
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The Grand Bay Hotel, 1983
The Grand Bay Hotel, 2669 S. Bayshore Dr., Miami, was more than a $30-million pyramid-shaped hotel when it opened in 1983. What made the craftsmanship of the Grand Bay Hotel significant was that local designers, artists and architects played a part.
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The cottages of Coconut Grove
People who live in Coconut Grove's vintage houses describe them as magical, historical pockets of Old Florida. One 1920s stucco house in desperate need of some TLC appealed to Barbara Pope.
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Stitsville, a neighborhood on the water with a colorful past
For generations, Miami's Stiltsville neighborhood has been the subject of endless fascination, and occasional controversy. Remaining Stiltsvillians vow to keep the unique neighborhood standing. The seven surviving stilt homes are built on wooden and concrete pylons two miles offshore in what is now Biscayne National Park. But Stiltsville was once a remote getaway for politicians, judges and other Miami bigwigs to gamble and drink illegally during Prohibition.