South Beach Architecture: Mediterranean Revival

Amara Andrew - Mediterranean Revival - South Beach

Hey everybody, Amara here!

In my previous post and video, I outlined the 3 major architectural styles of Miami Beach. This post is a little bit more of a deep dive into Mediterranean Revival.

While South Beach is known for its amazing Art Deco architecture, it’s also known for having some really beautiful Mediterranean Revival architecture, most famously the Versace Mansion!

So, first, what is Mediterranean Revival?

It’s an architecture style that evokes an Old European feel, specifically that of coastal palaces in France, Italy, and Spain. This style of architecture was extremely popular throughout the 1920s and 1930s in the U.S. and was particularly popular throughout coastal resorts and towns in Florida and California.

So, how can you identify a Mediterranean Revival building? Here are some unique features to look out for:

  • clay barrel tile roofs,
  • rough stucco walls,
  • decorative columns,
  • arched windows,
  • wrought iron gates,
  • carved stonework,
  • bell towers,
  • and picturesque courtyards.

What’s your favorite Mediterranean Revival structure? Let me know in the comments!

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