Miami’s Mediterranean Revival Architecture, Great and Small

From Miami’s historic architectural styles, Revitalization of the Mediterranean is something malicious. This is likely because while the style continues to be used in a sizable amount of new builds everywhere from Fisher Island to Aventura, so much of the new stuff is just like that, so bad. The generic quality of the new suburban mall makes us overlook the elegance, romance and allure of Miami’s largest old Med Revival buildings, which were almost universally built in the 1920s. And yet they are all around us, from large buildings like that Coral Gables Town Hall and the Douglas entrance, to the Miami Freedom Towerand finally to all the small buildings that are so common in Miami’s urban fabric.

Think of the many small Med Revival houses in neighborhoods like Roads, Little Havana and Buena Vista, of the slightly larger Med Revivals in Morningside, Coral Gables and Miami Beach, of the small shopping streets on Biscayne Boulevard that are often upstairs Apartments are located, and the small garden apartment buildings on Collins Avenue. The Mediterranean revival is ubiquitous, if you look like it, and it’s spectacular. Curbed searched the archives of great street photographer Phillip Pessar in Miami to compile this selection of the big and small hits of the Miami Mediterranean Revival.

· Phillip Pessary Photo Stream [Flickr]
· Reporting on the revitalization of the Mediterranean [Curbed Miami]
· Phillip Pessary reporting [Curbed Miami]

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