The grand, civic, and stately Beaux Arts is not a style of architecture commonly associated with Miami, although Beaux Arts was for a time in the early part of the 20th century particularly prominent in the city's development in two ways. First, of course, it is very present in the form of Mediterranean Revival architecture, which Miami is known for, and which could easily be considered Beaux Arts adapted to the subtropical climates. And second, Beaux Arts is very, very present in the heart of Downtown Miami, where the city's outsized commercial, financial, and civic ambitions in the early decades of the century resulted in a substantial downtown of grand buildings that the rest of the city would take years to catch up with.
Here we present an architectural walking tour of Downtown Miami's significant Beaux Arts buildings of the 1910s and 1920s in map form. Although numbered, the buildings are presented in no particular order, with no particular route. But they're all within a few blocks of each other, and should make a spectacular walk through Miami's early architectural past.
For much more information on Miami's great architectural legacy, refer to Miami Architecture, An AIA Guide Featuring Downtown, the Beaches, and Coconut Grove, by Shulman, Robinson, and Donnelly, which was utilized extensively for this map.
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