Mimo Architecture

History of MiMo in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

Blue Driftwood Beach Club SignThe 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.

Examples of MiMo Architecture

MiMo Brochure

  1. High Noon
  2. Ocean East
  3. High Noon
  4. Fountainhead
  5. Ocean East

High Noon (Photo 1)

Decorative Rails and Pineapples: Rails are a functional element that is often used to bolster an otherwise minimalist design. Curved or circular style rails are designed to be open and light while adding interest and defining character within its detail. The pineapple detailing is an iconographic symbol of hospitality, representing an exotic and welcoming feeling.

Check out MiMo architecture in real life at the following locations around town:

  • Captain's Quarters
  • Community Church
  • Crane Crest Condominium
  • Eastward Strand hotel
  • Jarvis Hall
  • Mulligan's
  • 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.