The 1950s and ‘60s were a time of incredible growth in Fort Lauderdale, and the city’s Mid-Century Modern architecture reminds us of that booming era. From March 13–16, North Beach Village’s iconic collection of Mid-Century Modern hotels is celebrating this signature architecture of Fort Lauderdale during the 2nd annual MOD Weekend! Plus, Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District partners are presenting special cultural offers for those attending the weekend!
The fun-filled event will take place at North Beach Village, located on Fort Lauderdale Beach’s barrier island between Las Olas Boulevard to the south and Bonnet House to the north. Attendees will enjoy double-decker bus tours of Fort Lauderdale’s landmark buildings, architectural films and talks, boat cruise architecture tours on the canals and Intracoastal, a Space Age dance party/fundraiser and closing celebration at the world-famous Mai Kai.
Cantilevered, space-age canopies; exterior staircases with breeze-block walls, gull-winged rooflines, floating staircases and truly unique signage are just a few of the architectural stylings that the weekend will celebrate. With modern development, prime examples of this style are disappearing quickly … during this event, attendees will have a wonderful chance to learn about this tropical take on International Style Modernism and its importance on the timeline of American architecture.
Check out the MOD Weekend activities:
- Welcome Party at Beach Gardens Hotel
Thursday, March 13, 3– 5:30 p.m., Free
DJ Julian Marsh will spin afternoon chill music as guests enjoy refreshments.
- Opening Reception, Living Room at the W Hotel
Friday, March 14, 5–7 p.m.
The festival will open with the photography exhibition “Double Focus: The Architectural Photography of Robin Hill and Myro Rosky.”
- Mid-Century Must-See Buildings: Double Decker Bus Tour (Two tours: north and south)
Friday–Sunday, March 14–16, 9:45–11:45 a.m., $50 per person
North tour to include Birch Tower, and south tour to include Pier 66.
- Intracoastal and Canal Boat Tour
Friday–Sunday, March 14–16, 12–2 p.m. and 3–5 p.m., $50 per person
This tour will focus on the creation of Fort Lauderdale’s Venetian canal system in the 1920s.
- Architecture and Design Film Festival of New York
Thursday and Friday, March 13 and 14, 6–7 p.m., Cocktails at Chill Wine Bar
Thursday and Friday, March 13 and 14, 7:15 p.m., Film at Gateway Theater, $8 per person
Documentary-style films will cover Mid-Century Modern architecture as it was designed and built elsewhere in the country.
- Space Race, Kenann Tower (circular Citibank building at Federal and Oakland Park)
Saturday, March 15, 8– 10 p.m., $35 per person, $60 VIP
This costume-optional dance and cocktail party will feature DJ Julian Marsh and a 1960s Space Race theme. All proceeds from this out-of-this-world event will benefit SunServe.
- Closing Party: Tiki Madness at the World Famous Mai Kai
Sunday, March 16, 6– 8 p.m., $30 per person
Celebrate the landmark status just awarded to this 59-year-old, Polynesian-inspired institution designed by Charles McKirahan.
For more information on MOD Weekend activities and packages, visit www.MODWeekend.com. Use the code MDWKND when booking to receive a special discounted rate! For North Beach Village information or booking inquiries, visit www.NorthBeachVillageResort.com or call (954) 565-5790.
Get MOD and come out to enjoy the beautiful signature architecture of Fort Lauderdale, plus great cultural offers from Riverwalk A&E District partners!