Steven Brooke, whose dazzling photography of Miami’s Art Deco District once helped spur the area’s preservation, now captures the incredible architectural restoration of this glamorous international playground. During the 1930s, Miami Beach emerged as an epicenter of Art Deco architecture. Against the azure sky gleamed buildings that boasted voluptuous curves, nautical elements, Jazz Age ornamentation, and seductive neon. After the area fell into decline in the 1970s and ’80s, Steven Brooke and others successfully campaigned to protect the Art Deco District’s architectural treasures from the wrecking ball. Now, with the district’s buildings finally restored to their eye-popping glory, Brooke offers Miami- and Art Deco–lovers the most up-to-date celebration of the inimitable architecture that has made the city a style magnet for artists, designers, and travelers from around the globe.
* Miami resident Steven Brooke’s architectural photography and scholarship has earned him numerous honors, including the Rome Prize. He is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and winner of the A.I.A. National Institute Honor Award for photography. Brooke has authored several books, including Rizzoli’s Views of Rome and Views of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and photographed Miami: Mediterranean Splendor & Deco Dreams, Casa Florida, and Florida Modern.
Beth Dunlop is the author of numerous books, including Rizzoli’s Aqua: Miami Modern by the Sea and Miami: Mediterranean Splendor & Deco Dreams. She is editor-in-chief of Home Miami magazine and an award-winning architecture critic of the Miami Herald.