Noted historian and author Charles J. Kropke presented a lecture about Miami Modern Architecture (MiMo) to Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) members and guests on Nov. 18. Some 50 people attended the lecture at MDPL, 1001 Ocean Dr. in Miami Beach, to learn about the unique MiMo style and preservation efforts underway to protect and preserve it from encroaching development.
“Miami Modern Architecture began during the post World War II era as a local variation of modernist architectural movements in other parts of the world,” Kropke said. “MiMo buildings add glamour, fun, and material excess to otherwise stark, minimalist, and efficient styles.”
Kropke pointed out the Fontainebleau, Eden Roc and Deauville hotels as popular examples of MiMo architecture on Miami Beach. Others are an assortment of garden style apartments and smaller motels and hotels featuring acute angles, delta wings, sweeping curved walls, and soaring pylons.
“There is a strong preservationist movement lead by MDPL and individuals to preserve MiMo from the wrecking ball,” Kropke added. “The ongoing development boom in Miami is putting constant pressure on the areas where MiMo architecture is prevalent so we have to be continuously vigilant in keeping the MiMo neighborhoods intact.”
Joining MDPL was sponsor Tropic Moon Media, a Coral Gables-based book publisher and filmmaker. The company’s most recent projects include a PBS-styled documentary and accompanying illustrated book titled MIAMI BEACH: 100 Years if Making Waves and Emmy-nominated THE UNSEEN EVERGLADES: Inside a Legendary Wilderness that examines this complex family of ecosystems and the preservation efforts to save it. Both films are hosted by Kropke.
Miami Design Preservation League is a non-profit organization devoted to preserving, protecting, and promoting the cultural, social, economic, environmental and architectural integrity of the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District. To become a member, visit online at www.mdpl.org.