The Best in Florida Architecture: Top 100 Buildings Highlights
By Rachelle Lucas
In celebration of their 100th Anniversary this year, The Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has recognized 100 buildings from the past 100 years that include many of Florida's luxury hotels and historic theaters.
From ultra modern to early 20th century classics, the 'Florida Architecture: 100 Years, 100 Places' is also a competition in which you can vote for your favorite Florida buildings.
While the competition encompasses a multitude of structures and architecture in Florida including museums, churches, high rises and private homes, here's a peak at some of the hotels and theaters named in the top 100.
Florida Theatre Building (Jacksonville)
The Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center hosts approximately 200 concerts and events of all kinds each year.
Olympia Theater (Miami)
Built in 1926 by John Ebersonthe, this was the first theater to be designed with air-conditioning and is one of only two surviving atmospheric theaters to survive in Florida.
Lincoln Theater (Miami Beach)
A great example of the Miami Art Deco style with a classic marquee that projects into Lincoln Road.
Daytona Beach Bandshell (Daytona Beach)
This coquina stone bandshell was originally built in 1936 as part of the Works Progress Administration project.
Henry B. Plant Museum (Tampa)
This Tampa icon was the former Tampa Bay Hotel in 1891 and presently houses classrooms on the University of Tampa campus as well as a history museum.
The Vinoy Park Hotel (St. Petersburg)
Also known as the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, this hotel was originally built in 1925 by Aymer Vinoy Laughner and is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
The Biltmore (Coral Gables)
When this hotel was first completed, it was the tallest building in Florida and had biggest swimming pool.
The Breakers (Palm Beach)
Originally founded in 1896, this oceanfront resort is still owned by the original family, descendants of founder Henry Flagler.