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Shrine Building

1401–1417 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami


“The Shrine Building is an outstanding example of Art Deco style architecture, which
in 1930 was the prevailing style nationwide, although it had just recently been
introduced into South Florida. The quality of the design is particularly noteworthy in
its interpretation by Robert Law Weed. While the ornamentation in the spandrels
commonly occurs elsewhere, the use of a coral rock veneer and the inclusion of
the sculpted Seminole Indians are allusions to a specific place, South Florida.
Another adaptation for Miami is to employ a setback between the second and
third stories to create a full-length outdoor balcony, where tenants could enjoy the
glorious Miami weather. While Weed conveys the sleekness of the Art Deco style in
the emphasis on its horizontal and vertical planes, he included details, such as the
corbelled balconet and Seminole Indian busts on the corner, which depart from
the modern flavor of the building.” ~~ Historic Preservation Miami

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