Touring Lincoln Road in Miami Beach

Project: Miami Beach Condo, Episode 3, Part 3



With demolition virtually complete, the crew is setting up new walls to separate the sleeping area from the living space. Glass pocket doors will allow light and air to flow through the rooms. By touring Lincoln Road with architectural historian Allan Shulman, Bob gathers information about the neighborhood, which, in the 1950s, accommodated the first pedestrian mall of its kind. Newly rediscovered, Lincoln Road is once again a popular spot for shopping and dining in Miami.
Part 1: Demolition Review and Shower Installation
Part 2: Pocket Door Installation
Part 3: Touring Lincoln Road in Miami Beach
Bob visits Lincoln Road with architectural historian Allan Shulman, who recounts how, in 1915, Carl Fisher, "Mr. Miami Beach", imagined Lincoln Road as a grand thoroughfare (along the lines of Fifth Avenue in New York or Rue de la Paix in Paris).

For years, Lincoln Road was home to elite shops, department stores, hotels, and theaters, until its decline in the 1950s. Reborn as a pedestrian mall, as envisioned by architect Morris Lapidus, Lincoln Road became an outdoor promenade and city garden with exotic plants and fanciful pavilions.

More recently, Lincoln Road has again been rediscovered and renewed. Today, it's a popular spot for shopping, dining, and people-watching.

Shulman runs down the architectural history of the theatres, hotels, restaurants, and stores lining the avenue, and indicates how architectural philosophy and practice has evolved over time.
In this condo renewal project, Bob and the crew demonstrate how to use space, color, and choice finishes to make the most of a small space.

The kitchen is converted into an elegant dining space looking onto the living area, while a closet is transformed into a bar with recessed lighting and glass shelves. And the small bathroom turns into an oasis with luminous glass tile, a wash of color, and sleek new fixtures.

Pocket doors with an antique-look are installed so as to separate the living and sleeping spaces, and furniture is selected to reflect Miami's unique personality.

Finally, the outdoor space overlooking Biscayne Bay is made practical and, perhaps most importantly, comfortable.

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