You know the Fontainebleau and the Eden Roc. You might even know the Algiers, the DiLido, or Biltmore Terrace. All are MiMO icons. And all were designed (or reworked) by Morris Lapidus.
But did you know that Lapidus, the legendary architect of America's midcentury pleasure palaces, got his start as a storefront designer?
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Note- This set of photographs is part of the Gottscho-Schleisner Collection available at the Library of Congress. Photographer Samuel Gottscho (along with his son-in-law William Schleisner) specialized in architecture and landscape photography and produced a large volume of work published in high-profile publications, including Architectural Record, House Beautiful, and The New York Times.
This architectural historian cannot stop thinking about buildings, food, and that vintage rug she found online.