Amid the excitement and energy of Miami’s Central Business District, One Flagler stands as a masterpiece of mid-century modern design. Ahead of its time, One Flagler featured Miami’s first curtain wall construction. Over the ensuing decades it has become an icon of timeless architecture. Designed by Morris Lapidus, renowned Architect of Miami’s famed Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Hotels, One Flagler’s exterior façade has been carefully preserved while its interior has been thoughtfully reimagined and rebuilt to meet the need of today’s fast-paced business world.
Henry Morrison Flagler, known as the “Father of Miami,” brought his Florida East Coast Railroad south to a small settlement on Biscayne Bay in 1896. This great American tycoon and real estate promoter’s influence can still be seen throughout Miami and South Florida to this day.
Flagler’s investment on the small city on the river created the foundation that helped develop Miami into thriving metropolis today. Although he declined the honor of having the city named after him, Flagler allowed the main artery to bear his name.
By the mid-century 1900’s, Miami was recognized as a major destination when the tourism industry boomed and buildings sprung up along around the area. One of the more famous, flamboyant architects was Morris Lapidus, who was known for his curvy neo-baroque hotel designs that were revolutionary. His unique, magnificent glass buildings with marvelous contours can be spotted across Miami, including the famed Fontainebleau Hotel.
One Flagler represents not only a current presence of significance, but also one that cherishes the past. The new owners and management of One Flagler are proud to keep that retro feeling of embraced heritage within the energy of the building.