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  Beginning the tour in North Miami, at the recently opened permanent space of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Cathy Leff (far right) readies her tourists for a long day of cycling and sight-seeing.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    Beginning the tour in North Miami, at the recently opened permanent space of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Cathy Leff (far right) readies her tourists for a long day of cycling and sight-seeing.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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  The three-story outdoor cut-away living room by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt announces the entrance to South Beach’s design district.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    The three-story outdoor cut-away living room by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt announces the entrance to South Beach’s design district.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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  A kind of modernist, New Urbanist experiment, the eight-and-a-half acre Allison Island features structures by Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company, Hariri and Hariri, Alison Spear, Alexander Gorlin, and Walter F. Chatham, among others.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    A kind of modernist, New Urbanist experiment, the eight-and-a-half acre Allison Island features structures by Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company, Hariri and Hariri, Alison Spear, Alexander Gorlin, and Walter F. Chatham, among others.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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  The soon-to-be-completed Performing Arts Center designed by Cesar Pelli in downtown Miami provides a fitting end to Leff’s tour and a perfect beginning for a re-energized business district.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    The soon-to-be-completed Performing Arts Center designed by Cesar Pelli in downtown Miami provides a fitting end to Leff’s tour and a perfect beginning for a re-energized business district.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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  The Raleigh Hotel was originally designed and built in 1940 by Lawrence Murray Dixon. It is renowned for its Art Deco elegance and its pool just a short walk from the beach. André Balazs recently completed a thorough renovation, and the Raleigh is now a sister hotel to the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood and the Mercer in New York.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    The Raleigh Hotel was originally designed and built in 1940 by Lawrence Murray Dixon. It is renowned for its Art Deco elegance and its pool just a short walk from the beach. André Balazs recently completed a thorough renovation, and the Raleigh is now a sister hotel to the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood and the Mercer in New York.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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  In Miami, even the supermarkets have flair.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    In Miami, even the supermarkets have flair.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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  The Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach was founded in 1986 to display Mitchell Wolfson Jr.’s huge collection of decorative and propaganda arts—including furniture, paintings, prints, books, and other decorative and industrial objects. In 1997 it became part of the Florida International University and is now a full-blown research center as well.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    The Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach was founded in 1986 to display Mitchell Wolfson Jr.’s huge collection of decorative and propaganda arts—including furniture, paintings, prints, books, and other decorative and industrial objects. In 1997 it became part of the Florida International University and is now a full-blown research center as well.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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  The Aqua development on Allison Island is the brainchild of South Beach’s development impresario Craig Robins.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    The Aqua development on Allison Island is the brainchild of South Beach’s development impresario Craig Robins.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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  The Bacardi Building is one of Leff’s favorite buildings in Miami. Designed by Enrique Gutierrez of the Puerto Rican firm Sacmag International, with ceramic murals by the Brazilian artist Francisco Brennand, the Bacardi Building, built in 1963, houses offices, a restaurant, and a museum open to the public. Behind the tower is a 1973 addition designed by Ignacio Carrera-Justiz, with glass tapestries by Frenchmen Gabriel and Jacques Loire.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    The Bacardi Building is one of Leff’s favorite buildings in Miami. Designed by Enrique Gutierrez of the Puerto Rican firm Sacmag International, with ceramic murals by the Brazilian artist Francisco Brennand, the Bacardi Building, built in 1963, houses offices, a restaurant, and a museum open to the public. Behind the tower is a 1973 addition designed by Ignacio Carrera-Justiz, with glass tapestries by Frenchmen Gabriel and Jacques Loire.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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  A pier at the private Hochberg residence typifies Miami’s complete embrace of the outdoors during the warm spring months.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    A pier at the private Hochberg residence typifies Miami’s complete embrace of the outdoors during the warm spring months.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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