Departing from the Loews Miami Beach Hotel: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 4:30-6:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost (due in cash at the beginning of the tour): $25 per person
Contact Alexandra Bassil at 305-389-3313 or email@example.com to set up a tour time.
Here's looking at you, Miami. Join your colleagues for a trip back in time to an era of glamour and panache as you walk through the Art Deco District. Ocean Drive is home to three styles of architecture: art deco, Mediterranean revival, and MIMO (Miami modern). Many of the local hotels are evocative of these styles and tell stories of days gone but not forgotten. Hear stories about the passionate people who worked to restore and preserve these local gems.
Miami Beach's renowned Art Deco District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Learn how Barbara Baer Capitman, who has been called the district's creator, won the fight to protect these 1930s treasures against deep-pocket developers with political ties. This walking tour includes many stops, so wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, plenty of sunscreen—and don't forget the bottled water. Families with kids and strollers are welcome.
Bassil is a second-generation Miamian who has lived on South Beach for the past 17 years. She has volunteered as an Art Deco Historic District tour guide since graduating in 1999 from Miami Design Preservation League's tour guide training course, and she shares about her childhood in Miami while guiding guests through South Beach.
In 2004 and 2006, Bassil participated in the Discover Miami Event as a tour guide. She became a certified heritage tourism guide in 2006, as recognized by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and Miami-Dade College.