“The Modern tourist,” wrote famed historian Dean MacCannell in his classic analysis of travel and sightseeing, “constantly seeks for authenticity.” And so, we tend to look for authentic hotels and experiences as tourists; to me, when it comes my travels to Miami, where I visit annually for the Art Basel show, I seek for the oceanfront indigenous.
One of the more legendary hotels, built in Golden Age Miami of the 30s, is the Surf Club, designed the Russell Pancoast, and known for its iconic Spanish barrel tile roof and cabanas, where prolific guests had been photographed throughout history. Particularly famous is the photo of Winston Churchill painting in his cabana, celebrating the end of WWII. Now, the Surf Club, the Four Seasons Hotel & Residences is expanding with new buildings by designed by Richard Meier and Miami-based Kobi Karp. Hopefully, the new design will honor and preserve its elegant, legendary past. For this occasion, Assouline published “The Surf Club,” celebrating the past, present, and revival of a Miami Beach jewel. .