The designers and architects just wanted
something new and interesting to mark the
changing of the times. No more, no less. It
doesn’t take a room of scholars sitting around
trying to analyze what the motives behind such a
bizarre movement could be. It was just something
eye catching that made the community happy. It’s a shame that Art Deco disappeared so
suddenly around 1940.
The initial reason for
such a drastic change was to be different and
set the city apart from everywhere else. So what
happens when everyone else
starts to do it? The
entire idea behind Art Deco was misinterpreted
by the wealthy home builders and soon became the
trademark for luxury.
This became the downfall of the Art Deco era.
After falling into a kind of mass production
state, the creators of the style just felt that
it simply lost its soul. When you take something
as simple as Art Deco and begin to theorize and
calculate the mathematical shapes, you are
removing the very soul from which it was
Take note of the following craze that came after
Art Deco. All the sharp lines were replaced by
rounded ones, the bright shiny colors were now
bland and uniform, everything had returned back
to the same state it had been in right before
the beginning of the “Roaring Twenties”!
It’s such a shame that we were never given the
chance to see what would have become of the
Art-Deco era. Instead of evolving and
new hybrid style, it just rolled over and died.
Miami is one of the last places in the world to
take the time to preserve such an
of our American heritage.