Built in 1953 by Morris Lapidus, 1953; North wing additions: A. Herbert Mathes, 1959; Fontainebleau II: Nichols Brosch Sandoval & Assoc., 1998; Fontainebleau III: Nichols Brosch Wurst and Wolfe, 2003; Fontainebleau Historic renovations/additions: HKS NBWW, BC Architects
With the Fontainebleau Hotel, his first major solo work, Lapidus was catapulted to fame as a hotel designer. From the bold sweep of its tower to the Baroque curves of its idiosyncratic pedestal base, the Fontainebleau broke the mold of the Miami Beach hotel. The main level, comprising theatrically conceived public spaces and entertainment facilities, was built over a ground-level shopping concourse that fused hotel design with new retailing trends.
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