Interpreting Architecture with Style

On May 14, 1979 The Miami Beach Architectural Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was the nation’s first 20th century Historic District. The buildings in the district, located in the South Beach area of the city, are perfect examples of pre-war modernism with characteristic rounded corners and geometric ornamentation. The highlight of the district is the strip of hotels along Ocean Drive between 5th and 15th street.

As part of the citywide wayfinding program, MERJE designed a series of interpretive panels telling the story of the district. The panels are strategically located throughout Miami Beach to highlight the nationally significant architectural styles abundant in South Beach. The District encompasses one square mile and includes over 800 significant structures in the styles of Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, and Miami Modern.

The interpretive panels are integrated into the pedestrian sign system and work as a billboard announcing the rich style of Miami Beach. The panel layouts are simple and feature bold images of the city’s architecture. The color palettes were chosen to complement the rest of the signage program and the rich color found on the streets of Miami Beach.

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