Chatham Apartments is another fantastic deco building in Miami South Beach.
The standout feature is the vertical fin on the front of the building bearing the Chatham Apts name and I love the way Apartments has been abbreviated to Apts. The fin stretches high above the roofline with a flagpole on top and appears to require extra support from a element which I would describe as a double surfboard loggia as it is similar to the example on the Avram Villa in Asmara.
The shade eyebrows over the windows are interesting. Some are squared off while others on the cental section are curved.
The building is white with blue highlights including the three speedlines around the top of the facade.
There is also interesting decoration either side of the fin just above the entrance. These rectangular boxes are actually air conditioners which have been disguised to work with the Art Deco architecture.
At the front of the property there is a lovely low concrete fence constructed of interlocking semi-circles.
The building is curved on the ends and understandably the eyebrows are also curved.
The air conditioning units stand out a bit more on the corner but it is still a very elegant solution to one of necessities for Florida living.
MELBOURNE ART DECO
In 2009 Robin Grow published a book on Melbourne Art Deco, with images largely supplied by David Thompson. The book quickly sold out and he is pleased to say that it has now been re-published by Brolga Press, with updates, errors corrected and a new cover.
Best of all, it is selling for about $25 in the shops and on-line. Art Deco & Modernism Society members can purchase a copy from me for $22, (includes postage within Australia). For overseas orders please email for postage rates. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.