If you love mid-century architecture–you're still in luck here, although Fort Lauderdale is a little slow to embrace/protect its historical architectural gems. Modernist buildings still meet the wrecking ball to make room for highrises along the ocean front.
The 'Sea Tower', designed 1957 by Igor Polevitzky, is a great example of how architects adapted the idea of modernism to different parts of the world. Perfect for the tropical climate, the building blends inside and outside living spaces, and to top it off, an innovative passive cooling system was implemented.
I have a soft spot for architecture, so I'm always on the hunt for interesting buildings, wherever my travels take me.
Please note: 'Sea Tower' is a private 55+ community, so please don't trespass.
If you want to see another fabulous example of this type of architecture, make sure to drive by the 18 story 'Birch Tower', designed by McKirahan, and built in 1960. It is located at the corner of Terramar St and North Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale.
For more Fort Lauderdale and Miami modern architecture, check out Tropic Magazine, whose editor tirelessly drove me around Fort Lauderdale (THANK YOU!). http://tropicmagazine.uberflip.com/i/501654-tropic-may-2015-sm
A warm thank you for my fast and furious Fort Lauderdale experience — courtesy of Pelican Grand Beach Resort (http://www.pelicanbeach.com) @pelicangrand