(Barbara Capitman, circa 1980. Credit Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami, 1995-277-11649)
In 1979, when Barbara Capitman founded the Miami Design Preservation League, that area of Miami-Dade County dominated by Art Deco style hotels had, for some time, been in decline as a resort, much of it looking rather sad and decayed. Capitman and a few others saw these buildings as a vibrant architectural expression of that period spanning the 1930s, from the late 1920s to the early 1940s. A style reflective of the streamlined designs for trains, airplanes and ships of the time, it was dubbed "Moderne" or "Depression Moderne." (Mediterranean Revival had been the favored architectural style during the 1920s.) In any case, the unique vision of Capitman caught hold and many others came to appreciate the unique architectural style of numerous hotels and other buildings inhabiting this section of Miami-Dade County. Renovations began to occur which would eventually turn this area into a major international tourist destination and would earn for it the distinction of being the first 20th century district listed in the National Register of Historical Places.
Answer: Miami Beach's Art Deco District