Miami Beach: From Mangrove to Tourist Mecca

September 17 2015 - February 21 2016
Third Floor, Rare Books and Special Collections Library, The Wolfsonian–FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

The third and final installation in our library series celebrating the centennial of Miami Beach, Miami Beach: From Mangrove to Tourist Mecca documents the city’s fledgling years. Sculpted by pioneering developers such as Carl Fisher, Miami Beach blossomed during the 1920s into a winter tourist hotspot catering to the wealthy elite. Photographic albums of “lost” hotels—the Nautilus, Flamingo, King Cole, and others—show how these self-contained luxury resorts lured the rich and famous south with regattas, elephant rides, and amenities such as tennis courts, golf courses, polo fields, private bungalows, and yacht docks.

 

Miami Beach: From Mangrove to Tourist Mecca
Miami Beach: From Mangrove to Tourist Mecca