Giant Miami Studio Has a Dining Table That Seats Twenty, a Bed in The Corner, and a Futon

Giant Miami Studio Has a Dining Table That Seats Twenty, a Bed in The Corner, and a Futon

Here’s a rather pretty space, on the top floor of the Bank, a small condo tower near the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and NE 79th Street that, as the name suggests, used to be a bank. Listed for $750,000 and the biggest penthouse in the building, it was probably once a normal 1,600-foot apartment… you know, with bedrooms and stuff, but at some point converted into just one big room. It’s a huge studio.

Streamlined Moderne Miami Beach Mansion From Art Deco Era With Blah Updates Asks Almost $10M

Streamlined Moderne Miami Beach Mansion From Art Deco Era With Blah Updates Asks Almost $10M

When you take a spectacular piece of early modernist architecture, such as this streamlined moderne house on Pine Tree Drive by important Miami Beach architect Igor Polevitzkty, and give it some bland contemporary renovations that are supposed to “improve” it while blending in with the existing architecture, the results often leave something to be desired.

High-Res Photos of a 1980s Miami Beach Show Decaying Art Deco Glamour Before its Big Comeback

High-Res Photos of a 1980s Miami Beach Show Decaying Art Deco Glamour Before its Big Comeback

When architectural critic and curator John Margolies took these photos in the early days of South Beach’s art deco revival, from approximately 1980 to 1990, many thought it was a lost architectural cause, or perhaps not even worth the effort. But Margolies’s photos document the raw beauty of South Beach’s architecture at the time and are a stark comparison to what came later, as anybody who has seen what South Beach has become can immediately tell. These were the dark days of Miami Beach’s art deco resurgence, but the light would soon come.