What is MIMO?

Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 at 1:11pm.

MIMO is short for Miami Modern, a style of architecture.  Melvin Grossman and Morris Lapidus are two of the stars from this post WWII era of design. 

MiMo buildings can be found all over Miami Beach. Many fine examples are also scattered throughout the Greater Miami area. But the best way to discover this mid-century architectural treasure trove is to explore the four MiMo historic districts in Miami Beach: the North Shore and Normandy Isles districts, which are in the National Register of Historic Places, and the North Beach Resort and the Morris Lapidus/Mid 20th Century districts, both designated historic on the local level.

Lapidus designed the Fontainebleau in 1954.  The following year he was hired to design the Eden Roc located next door to the Fontainebleau.  The hotels are standing today, and provide the inspiration for the Starz Magic City tv series.  Lapidus is also responsible for the conversion of Lincoln Road to a pedestrian mall in 1960. His planters and fountains can be enjoyed today by walking Lincoln Rd.

Melvin Grossman, a protégé of master MiMo architect Morris Lapidus designed the King Cole condo building on Indian Creek in Miami Beach, and collaborated with Lapidus on the DiLido Hotel.  The Dilido Hotel is now the Ritz Carlton South Beach located at the end on Lincoln Road and Collins Avenue on Miami Beach.

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