The Architecture of Whimsy: Mid-20th-Century Modern Architecture in South Florida

Arthur Jay Marcus

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This fascinating lexicon examines the quixotic architectural expressions
found on select mid-20th-century modern commercial
buildings in South Florida. Showcasing the work of 13 noted architects from Miami Beach to Fort
Lauderdale, it highlights the playful decorative details
and gestures—swooping overhangs, brise soleil, cheese holes and arches, and
screening—that expressed the era’s shiny optimism and the
region’s carefree resort culture. With brief bios of the architects and street maps pinpointing the
location of each building, this book offers tourists, architects,
history buffs, and preservationists a new context and appreciation for these
works of art, many of which are

Size: 9 3/4" x 6 3/4" x 5/8" | 115 color and b/w images | 112 pp
ISBN13: 9780764360275

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Arthur Jay Marcus is an architect, photographer, and historic preservationist living in South Florida since 1992. A native of Philadelphia, he received a BA from Temple University and a master’s degree in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. Arthur is also a self-taught photographer specializing in abstracted views of the built environment. His lifelong passions, architecture and photography, have informed each other over the course of his career.