The Art Deco District is a Miami area known as South Beach in Miami
Beach, contains more than 800 buildings within a square mile, all
built 1928-1942 and featuring a notable architectural style, Art Deco.
Art Deco architectural style in Miami is characterized by human-scale buildings, constructed of masonry and stucco, characterized by geometric patterns, ornamented with ocean liner rounded motifs, and painted with white and pastel colors. The term arose after the 1925 Parisian Exposition International des Artes Decoratifs.
As with any district in an American city, South Beach has had its ups and downs over the years.
At one point South Beach was an old folks home for Jewish people from
New York. It was called “God’s Front Porch” or “The Sixth Borough,”
after the five in New York.
Most recently, in the 1990s, South Beach had a “fabulous” period characterized by the presence of designer Gianni Versace and the mega-model scene he encouraged. Gorgeous models seems to be hanging out at all hours at the News Café, where Versace had breakfast every day. Versace was shot to death by a deranged person, and his home is still a pilgrimage site for his appreciators, but it will eventually become an upscale boutique hotel.