The Carlyle is located on Ocean Drive in Miami, Florida. It has been one of the most recognizable fixtures of the Ocean Drive hotel sprawl for nearly 75 years. Miami Beach’s National Register Art Deco District, which measures roughly one square mile and includes about 800 contributing buildings, is among the largest historic districts in the country.
Today, the Carlyle is both a hotel and residential condominium.
Designed by the
late German architect Richard Kiehnel, of the Kiehnel & Elliot firm, The
Carlyle is classic Miami Beach deco: a flashy ensemble of striking vertical
piers, horizontal lines, visor-like sunshades and curvaceous corners. The
Carlyle also adheres to a number of standard Art Deco stylistic attributes,
like the rule of thirds, with its three dividing vertical sections at the front
and the step tops that cap them. The façade today remains virtually unchanged
from the original.
The Carlyle was
built in 1939 and opened in 1941 and has remained an iconic Art Deco landmark.
Known as one of the most sought-after settings for photo shoots, televised
programming, Hollywood, and independent film-making, The Carlyle has been
featured in films such as Bad Boys 2 (2003), Random Hearts (1999), Pronto
(1997), The Birdcage (1996), and Scarface (1983).