30-40 Minute walking tour starting at 10:30 AM at the Vagabond Motel, 7301 Biscayne Boulevard. The tour starts with the story of the Coppertone sign and an explanation of Art Deco and Mid-century Modern architectural styles illustrated with examples of hotels, motels, commercial buildings and apartments in both styles. The walk passes by buildings by Robert Swartburg, Igor Polevitzky, Norman Giller and Joseph J. de Britta, including his home and studio from 1938 through the early 50’s.
Tour concludes at the riverside terrace of the Red Light restaurant at Motel Blu (formerly Gold Dust) for a 20 minute lecture on the Hugh Heffner and Miami’s Playboy Club along with a brief presentation on 1950’s songstress Roberta Sherwood, a local resident.
Cost is $10 per person, cash or checks only.
Tour will be offered during MiMo Madness/ ModMiami on Friday March 4, Saturday March 5, and Sunday March 6 at 10:30 AM. On Saturday, March 5 only, also at 2:00PM.
Tour will be offered during Meet MiMo weekend on Saturday March 12 and Sunday March 13 at 10:30 AM
The MiMo Biscayne Association was founded in May 2007 to educate, preserve and bring awareness to Miami’s only commercial historic district. Designated by the City in 2006, it is located along Biscayne Boulevard from 50th to 77th Street. Over the last few years the MiMo District has gone through quite a renaissance now boasting many boutiques, designers, antiques, salons, restaurants and restored historic hotels and motels. Many businesses have moved into the MiMo District from Miami Beach feeling that this is the next up and coming area. visit our website www.mimoboulevard.org