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Morris Lapidus Garden 470

Posted By Nathaniel Y. Candelario, Friday, April 25, 2014

Nathaniel Candelario

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Morris Lapidus

 

            Morris Lapidus was a famous architect in the Miami area of Florida. He came from Ukraine and fell in love with Miami. He is most known for designing the Fontainebleau because it is arguable the most elegant building he designed but he is also credited with designing Eden Roc and The Americana Hotels. Among these amazing feats he designed he designed Lincoln Road into a pedestrian mall where people can eat, drink, and relax by the South Beach. Since he was a young child, he called Miami his home. He has shaped and helped to sculpt the Miami skyline to what it is today. He truly is an important Floridian.

            Because he lived in Miami most of his life, I figured it would only be right to plant a garden in his honor in his hometown, Miami. I went to the North Beach Community Garden and was able to plant a few wildflowers of assorted colors. I specifically chose flowers with a pastel shade to them. I have teal and orange flowers to incorporate a "Miami" feel to it because he grew up there and influenced the city both physically and historically. He is truly an artist who used his talents to shape an entire city. His designs attract tourists from all around the world. Everyone has gone to South Beach and walked through Lincoln Road. Most people do not know that it was designed by one man, Morris Lapidus. That is why I planted a garden in his honor. So the public can appreciate the impact of his art and architecture. 

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