Corner Exterior. Front is a public restaurant. Credit: Alexander International Realty
Pictured on cover of Tropical Deco: The Architecture and Design of Old Miami Beach by Laura Cerwinske, Random House Incorporated, 1981.
Miami Beach, FL.The Carlyle Hotel, Curteich Linen Roadside Postcard c. 1955. Credit: walkerspostcards, ebay
Credit: Courtesy Creative Commons / Flickr / Alfredo Aponte
Backstory and Context
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).
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