Welcome back to Monochromes, a Friday mini-series wherein Curbed delves deep into the Library of Congress's photographic annals, resurfacing with an armful of old black-and-white photos of architecture and interior design of yesteryear. Have a find you want to share? Hit up the tipline; we'd love to hear from you.
The Algiers Hotel is in many ways an exemplar work of architect Morris Lapidus, that once-New Yorker famous for speckling Miami with the Neo-baroque hotels that have since defined the city's brand of modernism. Sadly, Algiers Hotel no longer exists, but luckily the Library of Congress' Gottscho-Schleisner Collection has got the photo evidence to prove how brilliantly Lapidus could blend old-school glamour ("if you create the stage setting and it's grand, everyone who enters will play their part," he once said) and the modular minimalism that defined design in the '50s and '60s.
· lgiers Hotel, 26th St. and Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Florida [Library of Congress' Gottscho-Schleisner Collection]
· All Monochromes posts [Curbed National]
· All Dwelling posts [Curbed National]
· All 1950s posts [Curbed National]
· All Morris Lapidus coverage [Curbed Miami]