Architecture of Whimsy by Arthur Jay Marcus is a fascinating lexicon that examines the quixotic architectural expressions found on select mid-20th-century modern commercial buildings in South Florida. Showcasing the work of 13 noted architects, it highlights the playful decorative details and gestures, such as swooping overhangs, brise soleil, cheese holes and arches, and screening, that expressed the era’s shiny optimism and the region’s carefree resort culture. With brief bios of the architects and street maps pinpointing the location of each building, this book offers tourists, architects, history buffs, and preservationists a new context and appreciation for these works of art, many of which are endangered.
Marcus is an architect, photographer, and historic preservationist living in South Florida since 1992. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Temple University and a Master of Architecture Degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Marcus is also a self-taught photographer specializing in abstracted views of the built environment. His lifelong passions, architecture and photography, have informed each other over the course of his career.