Mimo Architecture

History of MiMo in Lauderdale-By-The-SeaBlue Driftwood Beach Club Sign

The Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is proud of its Miami Modern architecture, which is prevalent in numerous buildings, condos, homes and signs throughout the Town. The post-World War II architectural style, also known as mid-century modern, features strong horizontal lines with prominent vertical features that emphasize Florida’s sub-tropical weather. A prime example is the Driftwood Beach Club on El Mar Drive. The U-shaped building wraps around its large landscaped pool, an easily approachable public space that invites visitors to linger, and a perfect example of how architecture can blend into the environment.

Often referred to as MiMo, the unique architectural style began in the 1950s in Miami in response to the modernist architectural movements taking place elsewhere. Its fun and whimsical style contrasted sharply with the stark and minimalist architectural styles that started to develop after the end of the war.

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea was incorporated in 1947, but most of its buildings and homes weren't constructed until the 50s or 60s. Being so close to Miami, local architects were heavily influenced by what they saw happening to the south. The MiMo style includes transparent building facades that let in more light and air, angled roofs, winding catwalks, curved stairways and decorative railings. The Town officially adopted MiMo as its preferred architectural style in 2013.

White Stairs Going to a Second Story WalkwayExamples of MiMO Architecture

Examples of MiMo architecture in Town include the:

  • Captain's Quarters
  • Community Church
  • Crane Crest Condominium
  • Eastward Strand hotel
  • Jarvis Hall
  • Mulligan'sPool Inside an Apartment Complex
  • Public bathroom in Friedt Park
  • Santa Barbara Inn
  • Sea Lord Hotel
  • Tides Inn
  • Town Hall
  • Town's award-winning beach portals

The Town's Planning Department urges building owners planning renovation to incorporate appropriate aspects of MiMo architecture into their site plans. This could include the use of natural, mid-century railing materials, such as coral stone and concrete, as well as the dramatic use of geometric patterns and mosaic tiles.